How do you make a Christian disciple? Ask most Christians that question and you will probably get responses like, “take them through a class,” or “assign them a mentor.” However, few would point to Scripture. Even fewer would point to the book of Titus. But that is precisely where we find one of the rarest and purest treasures the Bible has to offer in regard to the process of making disciples.
Paul’s letter to Titus is marked by an earnest desire to see the gospel proclaimed, preserved, and passed on. As such, it contains a succinct, yet poignant treatise on discipleship. This is not to say that discipleship is the sum total of Paul’s message in this letter. However, it is a crucial element. If Titus’s mission is to succeed, he will have to “teach what accords with sound doctrine,” (2:1) “urge the younger men,” (2:6) “in all respects to be a model of good works,” (2:7), “show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame,” (2:7-8) “declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority,” (2:15) and “remind them” (3:1). In other words, he will have to be a disciple-maker.
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