About this letter
Paul mentions Titus several times in his letters as someone who worked with him in Asia Minor and Greece (2 Corinthians 2.13; 7.6,13; 8.6,16,23; 12.18; Galatians 2.3). He is told by Paul to appoint church leaders and officials in Crete.
Paul instructs Titus to make sure that church leaders and officials have good reputations (1.5–9) and that all the Lord's followers keep themselves pure and avoid arguments (1.10—2.9).
Paul includes special instructions for the different groups within the church in Crete. He reminds Titus that a new way of life is possible because of what God has done by sending Jesus Christ: God has saved them, washed them by the power of the Holy Spirit, and given them a fresh start and the hope of eternal life.
Paul also tells how we are saved:
God our Saviour showed us
how good and kind he is.
He saved us because
of his mercy,
and not because
of any good things
that we have done.
A quick look at this letter
1. Greetings and a prayer for Titus (1.1–4)
2. Instructions for church officials (1.5–16)
3. Instructions for church people (2.1—3.11)
4. Personal advice and final greetings (3.12–15)