The Need for Gospel Ministry (Titus 1:1-4)

The church on Crete was new. Elders had not yet been appointed, the believers were fragile, and false teaching had already begun to creep into their midst. In fact, the problems they faced are no different from what we see today: issues regarding leadership, legalism, liberalism, discipleship, obedience, and overall gospel-forgetfulness. The apostle Paul had left Titus on the island to “put what remained in order” in the churches (Titus 1:5), and was writing to encourage him to bring his ministry on the island to a close. In this sermon, Pastor Matt unpacks the introduction to the letter, showing us not only Paul’s overarching goals as a gospel minister but the need for faithful gospel ministry in the church today.