Jul 11th 2021 · Day 192
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Titus is charged by the apostle Paul in his letter written around AD64-65 to resolve problems in the Church in Crete. Titus may have been young, like Timothy, whom Paul also wrote to with similar themes in mind: church organisation, sound doctrine and good works.
As well as Titus having to steward himself well as a young man and leader, he was asked to find and establish godly eldership to oversee the emerging churches.
The leadership of elders were to display certain character qualities and life habits (Titus 1: 6-8) and be able to ‘hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that [they] may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it’ (v. 9).
The elders and others in leadership will not have been perfect, yet they will have understood their great responsibility, and that they needed to rely on God to be able to lead well. They had to be capable of leadership strong enough to challenge ungodliness, and humble enough to know that it was by God’s grace that they managed to hold so many areas of life with integrity under the leadership and covering of Christ.
As members of the family of God, we are called to: ‘Obey your leaders and submit to them – for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account – so that they may do this with joy, not groaning; for this would be unhelpful for you’ (Hebrews 13:17, NASB). Let’s remember that our leaders are not perfect any more than the very first elders were. How can we help, support and bless them today?
Pause and reflect: Pray for your leaders, pastors, ministers, vicars, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, eldership, deacons – whoever is in leadership in your church. Ask God to protect them, and ask Him to help you love them and encourage them this week.
Originally from the Midlands, UK, Vicki and Andrew live in North Carolina, USA with their awesome children. On a journey of learning how to humbly do family God’s way, they are passionate about seeing broken lives restored through the love of Jesus, studying scripture, and seeking the presence of God in worship.
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