Main Themes of the Book of Titus

Titus Overview

Who wrote the book of Titus and who did they write it for?

The book of Titus was a letter written by the Apostle Paul to instruct Titus about caring for the churches in Crete.

When did the events of the book of Titus happen?

Paul wrote the letter that is the book of Titus around 63-65 AD.

What was the setting of the book of Titus?

Paul had left Titus in Crete in order to establish leadership within the churches of Crete, which was an island known for being lazy, gluttonous, and evil.

What is the purpose of the book of Titus?

  • Qualifications for Elders of the church (Titus 1)
  • Qualities of a sound church (Titus 2)
  • Characteristics of godly living (Titus 3)

How does the book of Titus apply to my life?


Crete, an island south of Greece, was known for being evil, gluttonous, and deceitful. The people there had a bad reputation but great agriculture and a prosperous trading economy. It is said that when Paul was released from Roman imprisonment he establish a church in Crete. He left Titus, one of his most trusted assistants, behind to help the church establish leadership and get on its feet. Titus helped Paul in many other ways, delivering letters and traveling with him to other churches, but returned to Crete and is said to have spent the rest of his life there.

Titus is an incredibly short letter but is packed with vital information for Christians to be edified and encouraged by. Through this brief letter, we can learn about organizational structures and qualifications for church leadership, roles for men and women in the church, practical wisdom for the Christian lifestyle, the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives as well as in salvation, and so much more. This letter focuses heavily on Christians doing good works as a Christian duty and how this duty is impacted by redemption and righteousness through Christ.

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