Paul’s instructions throughout the letter to Titus focus on the importance of sound teaching, which promotes right belief and, consequently, good deeds. Paul expresses the need to organize the church on Crete through the appointment of elders and to correct the damage caused by false teachers’ instruction. The antidote to false teaching is sound teaching.
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“Sound teaching and godly living are central components of this message and its purpose of countering the false teaching on Crete.” (source)
“The main theme of this brief letter is the connection between right belief and right behavior (see Fee 2011, 173). Paul’s instructions throughout the letter focus on the importance of sound teaching, which promotes right belief and, consequently, good deeds. For example, the qualifications for elders in Titus 1:5–9 require both right behavior and right belief.” (source)
“The central theological sections of Titus seem to encapsulate what Paul considers to be the essence of the sound teaching of the gospel (Titus 2:11–14; 3:4–7). Good behavior is central in this letter, as demonstrated by Paul’s six references to ‘good deeds.” (source)
“Paul expresses the need to organize the church on Crete through the appointment of elders and to correct the damage caused by false teachers’ instruction (Titus 1:11). The antidote to false teaching is sound teaching.” (source)
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