Timothy and Titus

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Three of the letters written by Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) were to men with names beginning with T. Paul considered each of them to be his “true son in the faith”.

Timothy was a young man serving in a church. He received two letters, which have survived to become part of the New Testament.

Titus’ name only appears on one surviving letter. He was serving in Crete, where Paul had left him. Paul intended to send someone to Titus so that they could travel back to rejoin Paul together.

These three letters are chiefly concerned with explaining how leaders (and everyone else) in the fellowship of believers should conduct themselves (behave).

There is much encouragement to Timothy that he should not be deterred from ministering to others because of his youth. He is also encouraged to drink a little wine for his stomach and to exercise his gift. There is no explanation of what his particular gift was – perhaps preaching. He would have known, as would the members of his fellowship, to whom the letter was probably read aloud.

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

 I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My T post from 2013 mentions Timothy, Titus and Thessalonians.