My notes from John Stevens’ teaching on Titus 1 at the FIEC Leaders’ Conference 2015.
Our Task – Furthering People’s Faith
We are bombarded with ideas about what we could or should do in our ministries.
Our task and ministry is to grow the church by making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our task is to grow gospel-driven churches by planting new churches and growing and revitalising existing churches.
How are we to do that?
In Titus, Paul is writing to his ministry colleague Titus about how to minister so that the church will grow. His great concern is that churches on the island of Crete will grow. Paul wants the churches to continue to grow and have a greater gospel impact so communities are reached with the good news of Jesus.
What do we learn from Titus about how to make disciples?
The big thing is to teach the gospel.
It is the gospel that will transform the lives of believers, and transformed lives commend the gospel to unbelievers so that they will come to share in salvation.
In Titus 1 we have three basics for disciple-making ministries.
1. Titus is to teach the gospel
Titus is to follow the same pattern of ministry that Paul models. Paul’s ministry as an apostle to existing churches and existing Christians was to further the faith of God’s elect and knowledge of truth that leads to godliness.
Teaching the gospel has two effects: i) godliness and ii) devotion to doing good works.
We are to be speaking the gospel truth with clarity, urgency, authoritatively, emotionally and persuasively.
2. Titus is to appoint elders who will teach the gospel
The leaders that churches need are leaders capable of teaching the gospel – men of godly character and gifting, who hold firmly to the gospel and who are able to teach the gospel.
3. Titus is to teach false teachers who are denying the gospel
Churches facing the problem of false teachers need them to be corrected or silenced.
False teachers are not to be written off immediately. They are to be rebuked and encourage with a view to them becoming sound in the faith.
The work of ministry is teaching the gospel.