How To Establish a Church

Paul’s Letter to Titus

The Foundations of the Church (Titus 1:1-4)

A young church, planted in a deceptive and divisive culture, is poisoned by a deceptive and divisive false teaching that claims to be true Christianity. What is the antidote?

The Pillars of the Church (Titus 1:5-9)

Having laid a gospel foundation for the churches in Crete, Paul tells Titus how to set up pillars on that foundation: elders who are Christ-like, not Zeus-like.

The Division Undermining the Church (Titus 1:10-2:1)

Paul pauses in his reconstruction program to highlight the specific dangers that are threatening the churches in Crete.

The Walls of the Church — Older Men (Titus 2:2)

Paul tells Titus how to select and shape the heaviest, roughest living stones in the church.

The Walls of the Church — Older Women, Younger Women (Titus 2:3-5)

Paul goes on to show how men and women are essentially equal, and equally essential.

The Walls of the Church — Young Men (Titus 2:6-8)

Paul maps out a discipleship program for young men, one that leads towards service and freedom, away from self-indulgence and fear.

The Walls of the Church — Everyone (Titus 2:9-15)

Paul cements the last stones into the walls of the church — and in the process, sets fire to the foundations of Roman society.

The Roof Over the Church (Titus 3:1-8)

Paul finishes his Church Establishment Program by putting a roof on over the building.

Final Inspection and Dedication (Titus 3:8-15)

Paul closes with a final clean-up of the construction site, and dedicates the completed building to the glory of God.

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