Titus 1:5-6 NIV 2011
The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
Paul left Titus in Crete as his representative for the cause of Christ. He departed prior to appointing elders within the church as he and Barnabas had done on their missionary trips. Acts 14:23, “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.” Paul’s letter delineates specific character traits to be found in those Titus would appoint; faithful husband, overseer, self-controlled, sound doctrine and believing salvation comes through Christ alone. God calls godly leaders to guard His Word.
This chapter ends with Paul’s warning about false doctrine creeping into the church. Our BSF study this week included 1 Samuel 7 where Samuel reminded the Israelites they didn’t know God’s Word. In 2018 we are no different. Some words spoken in our discussion group brought that home to me. Do I have a casual relationship with the Lord? As the TV drones in the background, Hallmark channel could keep me from a closer walk. Called as a leader, I must daily guard His Word.
How will we guard God’s word today?
Standing guard together,