A student in S. E. Asia has asked a very interesting question. “I do not know why Luke did not mention Titus in his account – Acts?” Paul mentions Titus in Galatians 2:1, which was about 14 years after his conversion (Acts (9:1-18; 37 AD), then says "I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me". That occasion was the Jerusalem council (Acts 15 - 50 AD). Since the Galatian letter was the first letter Paul wrote, it is obvious that Paul appreciated Titus and wanted his support in the ministry. Four letters later, Paul mentions Titus and tells the Corinthians why he sent Titus to them (2 Cor. 8:16, 23; 12:18). "Titus [had] the same earnest care I have for you" (8:16). We would say that they were “like-minded.”
When Paul left Titus in Crete (Titus 1:5), it must have been around 60 to 61 AD (Acts 27:12). It is my guess that in their short stay at Phoenix, a harbor in Crete, disciples were made and a church was planted, but needed Titus to get them established in the gospel with elder leadership.
Some of these questions we do not know the exact answer to, but it should make us search the Scriptures more and more to see how God worked, and then follow God's model through Paul. Even though we don’t know why Luke left out Titus from his account, we see from Paul’s letters that Titus was a valuable asset to his ministry of establishing disciples and local churches.
Are you a “Titus” who, by giving yourself to strengthening disciples, makes the local church strong so they can multiply themselves through evangelizing, establishing, equipping and expanding?
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