March 2, 2016

Book Review: The Titus Mandate

With a primarily focus on rescuing, protecting, and restoring Christian churches, The Titus Mandate, by Ted Bigelow is an interesting and thought-provoking book.  According to page five, “The Titus Mandate is a comprehensive plan for Christians and their churches that is holy and very simple to understand.”

This Titus Mandate is based on Titus 1:5, which states, “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”  On page five, Bigelow wrote, “This verse of Scripture and its implications are what this book is all about….  The Titus Mandate is a matter of spiritual life and death for Christian and churches today, even as it was on Crete.”

During ancient times (around 64 AD), Paul wrote a letter to Titus, which became the Biblical book of Titus.  This letter informed Titus how to organize and supervise the churches in Crete, and island located south of Greece in the Mediterranean Sea.  While this letter to Titus was written during ancient times, it is still relevant and applicable to today’s Christian churches.

In The Titus Mandate, there are fourteen chapters within four main parts, which are titled as Defining the Titus Mandate, Embracing the Titus Mandate, Defending the Titus Mandate, and Implementing the Titus Mandate.  Part one focuses on Titus 1:5, as well as the book of Titus.  These chapters include Rescuing Christians from Danger, Protecting Sheep from Sin, Restoring Your Authority in Your Church, and Appointing Elder Authority in Your Church.

Part two explains how The Titus Mandate applies to all churches.  These chapters include Replacing Disunity with Unity, Resting in the Safety of Counselors, Dismantling and Rebuilding, Testing for Godly Elders, and Merging and Planting Safe Churches.  Part three focuses on an in-depth Bible study, in relation to The Titus Mandate.  These chapters include The Age and Number of Crete’s Churches, Polity and Church History, Matthew to Acts, and Corinthians to Galatians.

Part four explains how to use The Titus Mandate in churches today, and the sole chapter is titled as Preparing for Elders.  Throughout the book, under the title of Why I Love Eldership, there are various quotes from individuals across the United States and around the world, sharing about their views of eldership.

The Titus Mandate is primarily geared towards adults, particularly church leaders and church members.  However, anyone interested in the benefit of implementing elders in the church would benefit from reading this book.

Note: I received this book from B and B Media, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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