Look for Qualified Spiritual Leaders Titus 1:1-16 May 12, 2013
The church I grew up in had some very good deacons. As a very active new Christian I was nominated for
the office of deacon. The pastor declined my nomination because of me being a novice. I did not like that then but today I believe my pastor gave correct leadership
1. Spiritual Leaders To . . Build Up Believers. 1:1-4
A. Build Up Believers By . . Sharing the Message You Were Entrusted. 1:1-3
1 Paul, a slave of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the
truth that leads to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before time
began, 3 and has in His own time revealed His message in the proclamation that I was entrusted with by the
command of God our Savior:
B. Build Up Believers By . . Standing for the Common Faith. 1:4
4 To Titus, my true child in our common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our
Paul reminds us the message that was revealed to him as well as entrusted to him he desired to pass it on.
All of us who believe our lives have been changed through the act of God when we received His salvation
know we also must share. How can we refrain from sharing this message? In my opinion there are very
few pleasures in life greater than being a direct part of sharing the gospel with someone, and seeing the
repentance of sin and turn to the Lord for salvation. Paul knew that joy and passed it on to Titus, his son in
the ministry. Paul sets the example for all believers as we work to build up other believers.
2. Spiritual Leaders To . . Boldly Stand Up for Doctrine. 1:5-9
A. Boldly Stand for Doctrine and grow Believers who are . . Blameless. 1:5-7
5 The reason I left you in Crete was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint
elders in every town: 6 someone who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not
accused of wildness or rebellion. 7 For an overseer, as God's manager, must be blameless, not arrogant, not
quick tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money,
B. Boldly Stand for Disciplined Believers who are . . Bona-fide Examples of the Message. 1:8-9
8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding to the faithful
message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who
When we boldly stand for doctrine we must attempt to be blameless and see that leaders are approved who
are blameless. One commentary gives this definition of blameless as, “. . . no legitimate accusation that
could be brought against the elder that would bring disrepute on the gospel or the church;. . .” I like that.
In some churches the office of deacon becomes a popularity contest, and some men are elected because of
the work of their wife. That should never happen. If the minister does not set an example then leadership will not be as the Lord desires. The one wife requirement, causes some controversy as some want to make this mean one wife at a time but polygamy is not a problem in New Testament times. Look at the requirements for widows where it says, “she has been the wife of one man.” (1 Tim. 5:9). To me that settles the question.
3. Spiritual Leaders To . .Bolster Correct Teaching in the Church. 1:10-16
A. Bolster Correct Teaching by . . Silencing Dishonest Deceivers. 1:10-12
10 For there are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those from Judaism.
11 It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching for dishonest gain what
they should not. 12 One of their very own prophets said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.
B. Bolster Correct Teaching by . . Sharply Rebuking the Dishonest Unbelieving. 1:13-16
13 This testimony is true. So, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith 14 and may not pay
attention to Jewish myths and the commandments of men who reject the truth.
15 To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact,
both their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their
works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work. HCSB
It seems there were dishonest people in some of these churches. Paul even makes reference to a Cretan prophet who said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” Those are strong accusations for any of the people in the church. Paul tells Titus to silence and rebuke them sharply. What happens in the church today when that happens? Too many people want to soft pedal what the Word says about sinful lifestyles.
Now I think the church can stand for truth and do it kindly. But it must also be firm. If the church is careful to follow the scriptures for their leaders then they will have fewer such problems. Somehow these kind of lifestyles got into the church. Today we will do well to stand up and Look for Qualified Spiritual Leaders. Amen? Amen!