Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;Last week we covered the idea Paul had in greeting Titus that the pastor/elder has the repsonsibility to preach for the sake of the elect (meaning: he is intended to do something for the believers) and for the sake of their knowledge of truth (meaning: he is intended to do this as a means to deliver truth), which all very well and good.
To Titus, my true child in a common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Was Paul then instructing Titus to deliver lessons on cooking and DIY home repair, or moralistic lessons?
Indeed: no. What Paul was doing -- and what Titus, who was Paul's true son in the faith ought to be doing -- is delivering that by means of God's own word, through preaching.
I'm travelling this week and have an early flight, so I can't do 1000 words on this today, but consider it, pastor: your words are not good enough to do what Paul was sent to do, and as his true son in the faith, they are not good enough to do what God intends for you to do.
God's words are good enough. They are the only thing which is good enough. Use them liberally. Lavish them upon the people God has given you.
They have been entrusted to you.