Titus 1:8-10

In Titus 1:8-10 Paul continues to describe what leaders in the church are supposed to do. “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” A leader has to stay true to God’s Word which means they must be confident and sure of it in their own life so they can deliver it with confidence and assurance based on their own life experience, not merely theory or academic perspective. Chrysostom wrote “There is not need of fancy words, but of strong minds, of skill in the scriptures, and of powerful thoughts.”

Guzik explained “This means also that the leader will stick to God’s word, instead of a focus on fads and programs for the church. If a man will not first stick to the word, and will not then stick with the word of God, he is not qualified for leadership in God’s church.” Paul also wrote that these leaders need to have been under the teaching of someone. They don’t need a degree from a Bible College or seminary, but do need to be taught and discipled by someone more mature in the faith. That’s the model Christ gave us to grow and mature the church, so it is important that leaders are not only being discipled, but that they are discipling others.

Paul goes on to tell us that leaders need to be able to teach God’s Word well. They should use their own foundation in God’s Word to teach others but also to use it as a way to bring people back to God’s truth through rebuke as needed. Luther wrote “A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd. He must nourish, defend, and teach; he must have teeth in his mouth and be able to bite and fight.” If a leader does not have a basis in sound doctrine to either exhort or convict an individual, he probably shouldn’t do it. Leaders need to stand on the foundation of the word. This is not based on what one thinks, but on God’s Word alone.

Why does Paul bring this up? Because it won’t be an unusual situation. “For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.” God has established an order of authority in several different areas of life. There is an order of authority in the home, in the church, in the workplace, and in the community. God wants us to recognize the places where He has placed an order of authority in our lives, and He wants us to submit to that authority. There were a lot of people who were unwilling to recognize God’s authority in and out of the church. Paul is clear that these folks had to be addressed.

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