Titus 1: Why Church Leaders Must Have A Higher Standard

The message of Titus 1 is about church leadership. In recent years we’ve seen many great leaders in the church fall into sin.

Some people think it’s an epidemic, others think hear about it more because of social media and the instant world media we live in.

However, we also have to deal with issues of the heart. For whatever reason, the Pastor (or spiritual leader) fell.

This is why we need to make sure we put the correct leaders in charge, and also make sure we protect and care for them. Titus 1 gives us the proper blueprints for a spiritual leader.

I think we need to follow the rules Paul set out for us, it’ll cause a lot less grief in the end.

Titus 1: Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. 

This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.

I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.

Titus 1:1-4
Titus 1

Paul is an amazing leader, and he possesses some amazing leadership qualities. He was a great writer and teacher. In Titus one he’s breaking down why he has the authority he has, and how God called him to spread the gospel.

I believe he’s stating this because he’s about to lay some groundwork for choosing a church leader, and that’s an extremely important position because people follow their leaders, and they can easily be led astray if the wrong person is in charge.

Titus 1: Spreading the Gospel in Crete

I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 

A church leader is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker,[d] violent, or dishonest with money.

Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

Titus 1:5-9

Live A Blameless Life

I love the stipulations Paul lays down for us. The main issue that I’d like to point out is that an elder must live a blameless life.

What is a blameless life? I believe this is a life where people don’t have any issues with you (credible ones at least). People are going to speak badly about you, and when you’re a church leader that’ll happen a lot more.

However, when you do shady things, people know. Even if they don’t know what’s going on, they know something is happening. And that’s when weird rumors abound.

Having a leader with a bad temper, or arrogance is just as bad. Because we’re looking to spread the love of God, arrogant people cannot do that.

Arrogant people need to get over themselves and find a way to focus on the people around them.

In the New Testament, we learn that leaders are held to a higher standard by God, so we shouldn’t desire to pursue leadership positions unless we are ready to answer to him about it.

Christian leaders need to be focused on God, their families, and the people they lead. Their duties are simple. Help encourage everyone to follow Christ, but you have to have the attitude of Christ when you’re doing that.

If you’ve ever met anybody who wanted to be a leader because they wanted power. These people should never get it.


Titus 1: False Teachers Cause Confusion, And Lay Extra Burdens On The Church

10 For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. 11 They must be silenced because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money. 

12 Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, “The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons.”[e] 13 This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. 14 They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth.

15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.

Titus 1:10-16

Titus 1 also speaks about false teachers. This issue has grown a lot over the last 2 millennia. And it’s getting worse because of TV and the Internet.

Some people see being a Pastor or Church leader as an easy gig, and a great way to get rich. They never open their bibles, and they have the appearance of Godliness, but deny the power of God.

This is a dangerous place for these men and women to be. God will not tolerate them leading his people astray, but whether their judgment comes in this life or the next.

God is no respecter of persons, and the bible says he will be more intense with their judgment.

I’m absolutely terrified of that.

Keep in mind, if you’re following Christ with your whole heart. You love God and love your neighbor. You’ll do fine in a leadership position. Just remember that you’re there to serve God and his people. Leadership is a gift from God, and Titus 1 gives you a good blueprint to follow.

I love Titus 1 because it shows that we need to set a higher standard for church leadership. I’ve seen my share of bad and good pastors.

I hope you enjoyed my latest post on Titus 1, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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