This is a report about Titus bringing the love of God to the island of crete.
(I got my information from the Bible, The Bible Project and Bible.org.)
It all started when Titus saw Paul preaching on Paul’s first missionary tour. Titus didn’t grow up praising God. He was greek, so he probably worshipped false gods at that time. When Titus heard Paul preach, He wanted God to be in his life. Then he became a christian. Paul and Titus traveled to Jerusalem to show the apostles that a non-Jew can love God as much as a Jew.
Titus and Paul both traveled on missionary journeys in Ephesus for three years. They had many, many, missionary adventures. Titus proved to be a strong christian and Paul knew Titus definitely ready to start some House Churches.
Paul decided to assign Titus to Crete, a big island of the coast of Greece. Christians were already in Crete, but they were jacking everything up with their false teaching. So, Titus was going start a network of House Churches and restore the Word of God.
But the tasks was not was going to be easy. Cretans had a bad reputation. One of the words in Greek for being a liar is “Kretizo”. Which also means “To be a Cretan”. Most of the men were mercenary soldiers for the highest bidder and the women went around the island doing sexually corrupt things. They were known for, stealing, killing, sexual things, greediness, lying, laziness — the list is too long and rated R for me to type, so lets just say they did some bad things. But, geography wise, it was a perfect place to start House Churches, so Paul chose Crete. Also, they really needed Jesus in their hearts.
While Titus was in Crete, he received a letter from Paul. In this letter Paul reminds peter of the Good News:
When people sin they are automatically condemned of Hell. When we sin we aren’t holy and we can’t be with God. But God loved us so much he gave up his only Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice. Jesus was the only worthy sacrifice because He never sinned. He was completely holy and He still is. So Jesus lived on earth for thirty-three years. Even on earth, being 100% man, he still never sinned. He preformed many amazing miracles, But eventually it was time for him to make the sacrifice. And he did. He was beaten and crucified on a cross. But, three days later Jesus came back to life. The sacrifice had been made and everybody has a chance to be have eternal life with God!
Cretans thought God was like Zeus. Zeus, however, is nowhere close to God. Zeus seduced women and lied a lot. Zeus also isn’t real. So, obviously they were very wrong about that.
God does not lie or seduce women. He is a very loving father and he never lies. Paul wanted Titus to set things straight in Crete about God.
Paul wanted Titus to pick new leaders in the Church. These leaders are called “Elders” (no, not all Leader Elders are old). The Elders before them at that time did a lot of false teaching. They were also obsessed with Jewish myths and a lot of them were just in it for the money. Paul told Titus the things the new leaders should be known for. They should be known for their self control, integrity, generosity and totall devotion to Jesus. After this, Paul tells Titus to confront the previous Elders once or twice. After that, if they continue their evil ways, Leave them alone.
Because the previous leaders did a lot of false teaching, the people that listened to them were doing a lot of bad things. Their picture of a christian was completely thrown off. Because of this, they still lived corrupt lives, their neighbors who weren’t christians now had a “good” reason to do bad things and to top it all off, people didn’t take christians seriously because they are still living the same lives they were living before.
So, Paul tells Titus what christian lives should look like. The seniors should be good role models for young people, the young women shouldn’t be sleeping with people they aren’t marry to and the young men should be hardworking, honest, gentlemen. Even slaves had a part in being a good christian. They weren’t supposed to talk back to their master, but instead, they should be respectful and loyal to them.
After Paul gives Titus an amazing poem about God’s love:
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
Paul closes the letter by promising backup for Titus.