Who: Paul wrote this "Pastoral Epistle" to Titus. Paul considered Titus to be a "brother" (2 Corinthians 2:13), "my partner and fellow worker" (2 Corinthians 8:23), and "a true son" (Titus 1:4).
What: Paul and Titus ministered together on the island of Crete. Paul departed and left Titus to continue and to strengthen the church there. This was written to pass on the encouragement and counsel to the leaders that Paul instructed and appointed in the Cretian church.
When: 62-64 AD
Why: We know Titus was well-trained and grounded in doctronal things, but he continually faced opposition from ungodly people within the churches he ministered to. The Cretians seemed to have been belligerent, argumentative, uncontrolled, resentful of authority and given to much alcohol (does that not sound like our world and country today?!?)
My game plan here is to study the words in Titus 2:3-5 one by one and breakdown them down. I want to understand:
(1) What this means
(2) Other examples in the Bible
(3) What it means to me
(4) How I can apply it
"The older women likewise, that they be
reverent in behavior,
not given to much wine,
teachers of good things --
that they admonish the young women
to love their husbands,
to love their children,
to be discreet,
obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be blasphemed."