The Message

Titus 1

11-4 I, Paul, am God’s slave and Christ’s agent for promoting the faith among God’s chosen people, getting out the accurate word on God and how to respond rightly to it. My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. This is the life God promised long ago—and he doesn’t break promises! And then when the time was ripe, he went public with his truth. I’ve been entrusted to proclaim this Message by order of our Savior, God himself. Dear Titus, legitimate son in the faith: Receive everything God our Father and Jesus our Savior give you!

A Good Grip on the Message

5-9 I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions. As you select them, ask, “Is this man well-thought-of? Is he committed to his wife? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?” It’s important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to—not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.

10-16 For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk. Those who were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. They’ve got to be shut up. They’re disrupting entire families with their teaching, and all for the sake of a fast buck. One of their own prophets said it best:

The Cretans are liars from the womb,
    barking dogs, lazy bellies.

He certainly spoke the truth. Get on them right away. Stop that diseased talk of Jewish make-believe and made-up rules so they can recover a robust faith. Everything is clean to the clean-minded; nothing is clean to dirty-minded unbelievers. They leave their dirty fingerprints on every thought and act. They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They’re real creeps, disobedient good-for-nothings.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Tito 1

1Kutoka kwa Paulo, mtumishi wa Mungu na mtume wa Yesu Kristo. Mimi nimetumwa kwa wale ambao Mungu amewateua ili niwaon goze katika imani na katika maarifa ya kweli yanayopatana na kum cha Mungu; na katika tumaini la uzima wa milele ambalo Mungu, ambaye hasemi uongo, aliahidi hata kabla dunia haijakuwepo. Naye kwa wakati aliopanga alidhihirisha neno lake kwa njia ya mahubiri ambayo nilikabidhiwa kwa amri ya Mungu Mwokozi wetu.

Ninakuandikia wewe Tito, mwanangu halisi katika imani tunayoshiriki pamoja. Ninakutakia neema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu

Kazi Ya Tito Kule Krete

Nilikuacha huko Krete kusudi urekebishe mambo yote yal iokuwa hayakunyooka na uchague wazee wa kanisa katika kila mji, kama nilivyokuagiza. Mzee wa kanisa asiwe na lawama yo yote; awe mume wa mke mmoja; awe ni mtu ambaye watoto wake ni waamini na wala sio jeuri au wasiotii. Kwa kuwa askofu amekabidhiwa kazi ya Mungu, anapaswa kuwa mtu asiye na lawama. Asiwe mwenye majivuno, mwepesi wa hasira, mlevi, mgomvi, wala asiwe mtu mwenye tamaa ya mapato yasiyokuwa ya halali. Bali awe mkarimu, mpenda wema, mwenye kiasi, mwenye kujitawala, mnyofu, mtakatifu na mwe nye kudhibiti na si yake. Ni lazima alishike kwa uthabiti neno la imani kama lilivyofundishwa, kusudi aweze kuwafundisha wengine na kudhihirisha makosa ya wale wanaolipinga.

Walimu Wa Uongo

10 Maana wapo wakaidi wengi, waliojaa maneno matupu na waongo, hasa kile kikundi cha tohara. 11 Hao ni lazima wanyamaz ishwe kwa sababu wanapotosha jamaa nzima kwa kufundisha mambo wasiyostahili kufundisha. Wanafanya hivyo kusudi wajipatie fedha. 12 Hata mmojawapo wa manabii wao amesema: “Wakrete ni waongo siku zote, ni kama wanyama wabaya, walafi na wavivu.” 13 Maneno hayo ni kweli kabisa. Kwa hiyo uwakemee kwa ukali ili wapate kuwa imara katika imani. 14 Wasiendelee kushikilia hadithi za Kiy ahudi au maagizo ya watu wanaokataa ukweli. 15 Kwa watu walio safi, kila kitu ni safi. Lakini kwa watu waovu na wasioamini, hakuna kilicho safi. Mawazo yao na dhamiri zao zimejaa uovu.

16 Wanajidai kuwa wanamjua Mungu lakini wanamkana kwa matendo yao. Ni watu wa kuchukiza, waasi, wasiofaa kwa jambo lo lote jema.