I have been praying what direction to go next in our Bible adventures and feel the urge to head into the pastoral letters of Paul to Timothy and Titus. These three letters contain many great timeless principles for the church and for church leaders. These letters are generally accepted as written by Paul, although through the years there has been some discussion about possible other authors. The writing style is very similar to Paul,s and Paul identifies himself as the author in all three. I’m not sure why the controversy ever came up! We will agree with the general opinion that Paul wrote these for this studies sake.
These letters are different than Paul’s other writings in that these are addressed to the church leadership, while all his other letters are for the entire body of believers at each church. Contained in these short letters are guidelines which are still used today to ascertain the qualifications of deacons and elders. We will ,learn a lot about our own walk as we go through these beautiful letters.
Timothy is first mentioned in scripture in Acts 16:1. Timothy was mentored by Paul (Acts 16:3) and from all we can understand received salvation under Paul’s ministry. Timothy was a Greek and most believe Paul met him at Ephesus and this letter was written shortly after that. Timothy’s mother and grandmother are both mentioned in scripture but there is no mention of Timothy’s father. Paul considered him a son and was very close to him. Timothy became an evangelist and traveled with Paul to many cities and on his own to some. He also came to Paul’s aid when he was imprisoned in Philippi.
Titus was also a Greek thought to be from Antioch. He too was converted under Paul’s ministry and traveled quite a bit with Paul. Titus was used by Paul to settle things down in the Corinthian church after Paul’s first letter had them reeling. Titus was also an evangelist and a missionary, going on many journeys of his own.
As e go through these letters, we will be getting a glimpse into the early church and the discipline Paul saw necessary to make them witnesses in the early life of the church. Separating out leaders was critical to the development of the church. Timothy and Titus were two leaders who went on to teach other leaders. I pray you will see that these leadership skills are needed today just as much as they were back in the first century church.