26: Silencing False Teachers (Tit 1:10-16)
instruction to Titus concerns the appointment of elders. He gave Titus specific
criteria for the selection of elders as well as their responsibilities. In this
lesson, we will study why the appointment of elders was such an urgent task in
the churches in Crete. Many deceptive teachers
were active in the congregations. Because of the damaging effects of false
teachings, church leaders must immediately put an end to false teachings and
restore the believers to sound doctrine.
“…Therefore rebuke them
sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (1:13).
Did You Know…?
1. “A prophet of their own” (12): This was the
philosopher Epimenides (5th to 6th century B.C.),
whom the Cretans regarded as prophet.
2. The Cretans gained such notoriety for being
untruthful and immoral that the phrase “To act the Cretan” means, “to play the liar”.
1. How does verse 10 follow from the previous
2. What immediate tasks must Titus and the newly
ordained elders do?
3. What kind of people are “idle talkers”?
4. Who are “those of the circumcision”? (cf. Acts
15:1; Gal 2:12; 6:12-13; Php 3:2)
5. What are the characteristics of the false
6. What is their motive behind their deceptive
7. What kind of teachings are they advocating (cf, 3:9; 1Tim 1:4)?
8. How did this influence the church?
9. What is the objective for rebuking the errant
11. According to
verse 16, what makes a person a false worshipper? What lesson can you learn