Titus 1:1-4

I’m going to be posting some of the sermons I’ve delivered over the past few months. This was delivered at the Austin Stone Intern & Residents Chapel last month.

Good morning. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Travis Whitehead. I’m one of the church-planting residents here, and I serve at the West campus doing connections ministry because it fits into my incredibly bubbly, outgoing personality.

I’m excited to be with you this morning, and for this interns and residents chapel to become a regular part of the rhythms here at the Stone. And my prayer is that this time is a blessing to you. I pray that during this time, God draws you to Himself, and molds and shapes your heart with the truth of the gospel.

The other CPRs will be preaching through the next few months that we are doing this chapel, and we’re going to be going through the book of Titus. What I want to do today is introduce this book, introduce the author, and a couple of main ideas and give you a general direction for where we are going during this time together.

The letter was written by Paul to Titus after Paul has spent years of his life, traveling around the Roman empire, preaching the gospel to the gentiles. We don’t know a whole lot about Titus, other than the times he is mentioned in Galatians and the letter to the Corinthians, but he has been sent to Crete with the task of organizing the churches there. Specifically, he is going to be appointing elders for these churches, dealing with false teachers, and instructing the Christians in Crete as to how they should live in relation to each other and those outside of the Church.

The dominant theme of this letter that we will see again and again is do good works, in response to the saving work of Christ, and for the sake of outsiders.

Today, by way of introduction, we’re going to look at Titus 1:1-4, where Paul introduces himself, and his purpose for writing to Titus. What we will see is this: The hope of the gospel is our motivation and assurance to obediently follow our calling. Continue reading