Paul, in this text is addressing Titus, his true son in the faith. He is givng reason for why he left him alone in Crete, he explains that it is to do exactly as he instructed Titus to do: “to appoint elders in every town”. That instruction is important. In many ways Paul is re-emphasizing the need to fulfill the great commission.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19, 20 HCSB)
The need to appoint elders is an effort to accomplish the great commission. This task Paul also gave to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2 “The things you’ve heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust it to faithful men so they can teach others also”
There is an emphasis on “faithful men” that is also focused in this text as Paul addresses them as “elders”. Both terms refer to the men being of good character and of age. He also lists these requirements:
2) husband of one wife
3) having faithful children (not rebellious). (v.6)
These are the requirements of an elder/faithful man/pastor. He told Timothy and now Titus to look for these things before allowing someone to be appointed in the church.
He even continues to re-emphasize these requirements and even expounds on them by saying “these things must” be a part of their lives.
2) Not arrogant
3) Not quick tempered
4) Not addicted to wine
5) Not a bully
6) Not greedy for money
Transition* “but” be.
8) Loving what is good
13) Holding to the faithful message as taught (God’s word)
Why? So that they can refute those who preach unsound doctrine, and encourage with sound teaching.
A few practical applications as we go forward in our ministries:
1. If you’re in ministry, be these things.
These things cannot be attained except through the power of Jesus Christ and through His resurrection. Don’t rest on your abilities, but on the knowledge of God’s abilities. Also strive to be Holy as our Father is Holy.
2. Seek these qualities in your church leadership
As you go and make disciples you should, as Paul says, we should teach these things. We should instill their necessity as we teach and disciple, but also these are a must have for the Godly leadership required in the church. As you seek new volunteers, teachers, sponsors, helpers, look for those that exhibit these qualities.