Titus 1-3: "Sound in the Faith"

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 146–147


Many of the members in Crete were sinning and teaching incorrect principles. To help them become sound in the faith, Paul counseled Titus, their bishop, to “rebuke them sharply” (Titus 1:13) and teach them sound doctrine (see Titus 2:1). As you read this epistle to Titus, look for the doctrines Paul told him to teach to the Saints. How does knowing these truths make a difference in your life.

Understanding the Scriptures

Titus 1

Wanting (v. 5)Lacking 
No striker (v. 7)Not a contentious person 
Circumcision (v. 10)Jewish Christians who still lived according to certain parts of the law of Moses 
Subvert (v. 11)Destroy, corrupt 
Rebuke (v. 13)Correct, admonish 
Abominable (v. 16)Very wicked 

Titus 2

Sober, soberly (vv. 2, 4, 6, 12)Moderate, self-controlled 
Grave (v. 2)Serious, honorable 
Temperate (v. 2)Controlled, restrained 
Zealous (v. 14)Enthusiastic 

Titus 3

Magistrates (v. 1)Rulers, leaders 
Washing of regeneration (v. 5)Baptism by immersion 
Heretick (v. 10)Apostate, follower of false doctrine 

Studying the Scriptures

Do the following activity as you study Titus 1–3.

Activity A iconThe Impact of True Doctrine

Boyd K. Packer

Elder Boyd K. Packer, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught:

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.

“The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 20; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, 17).

  1. 1.

    Read Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1, 15; and 3:8. How can Elder Packer’s statement apply to Paul’s counsel to Titus?

  2. 2.

    Read Titus 2 to either a grandparent or a parent, then ask why this is good counsel for someone his or her age. Record the response in your notebook.