Having read through the Book of Ruth together we are going to turn now to one of the lesser known Epistles in the New Testament – Titus.
Titus isn’t mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, but is noted in Galatians (2:1, 3) where Paul wrote of journeying to Jerusalem with Barnabas, accompanied by Titus. He was then dispatched to Corinth, Greece, where he successfully reconciled the Christian community there with Paul, its founder. Titus was later left on the island of Crete to help organize the Church, and later met back with the Apostle Paul in Nicopolis. He soon went to Dalmatia (now Croatia). According to Eusebius of Caesarea in the Ecclesiastical History, he served as the first bishop of Crete and remained there in his old years. He was buried in Crete but his head was, later, moved to Venice.
At one point everyone thought that Paul wrote this epistle but now that view is is disputed by many scholars now. The Epistle deals with issues in the Early Church – false doctrine and the responsibilities of Elders and Bishops.
We hope you find the Epistle interesting as we journey through it together.
with every good wish
Andy Braunston Coordinator, Daily Devotions from the URC Project