People flocked to hear Paul’s teaching. Educated, articulate, motivated and filled with the Holy Spirit, this man of faith brought news of Jesus to the entire Roman Empire – lives were changed, communities transformed and churches were built.
But Paul also understood that the Church must be built on Christ, not on a man. And he knew that, eventually, he wouldn’t be around anymore to build, encourage, nurture and teach. So he trained others to assume leadership within the Church, and he urged them to centre their lives and their teaching on the Word of God, and, in turn, to train others to carry on the ministry.
This three-part series on Titus is entitled, ‘A Letter to a Leader’. If you’re someone who doesn’t currently hold a formalised leadership position, whether at work, at church or in the family, please don’t be tempted to think this letter isn’t also for you. It is. The lessons we’ll learn through this letter are important to everyone because everyone, in one way or another, has influence over other people, through their friendship circles, within their family or at work. We need to be aware of this, and consider where we do have influence, and nurture a desire to become more godly in our influence.