Titus 1



Titus 1 addresses the appointment of elders in the church, emphasizing their qualifications and the importance of sound doctrine. Paul underscores the need for leaders who are of good character and able to defend the faith against false teaching. The chapter sets the tone for the letter, emphasizing the importance of maintaining order and doctrinal purity within the Christian community.


  1. Greetings and Purpose of the Letter (Titus 1:1-4): Paul introduces himself and highlights his role as an apostle for the sake of the faith of God's elect. He addresses the letter to Titus and emphasizes the goal of promoting the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, in the hope of eternal life.
  2. Appointment of Elders (Titus 1:5-9): Paul instructs Titus to appoint elders in every town in Crete. These elders are to be men of good character, with faithful and well-disciplined households. They should not be open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. Paul lists specific qualifications, emphasizing the importance of leadership that is above reproach.
  3. Correction of False Teachers (Titus 1:10-16): Paul warns Titus about rebellious people, especially those teaching false doctrines in Crete. He describes them as deceptive, idle talkers, and warns that their influence should be silenced. Paul emphasizes the need to rebuke them sharply so that they may be sound in the faith.