In our study, we look at the desired qualities of a leader in the local body of believers (church). This letter was sent to the pastor of the church at Crete in order to give him instructions about leaders and the church.
"Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness -" NIV translation
Paul introduces himself and it is interesting to note that he uses "servant" and "apostle" at the same time. The actual word for servant here means bondslave and that describes one who was given their freedom but chose to make themselves a slave to the master that they love. Apostle is a position of authority that was given directly from Jesus Christ. We see from this introduction that the truth (gospel of Jesus Christ and the grace of God) leads to godliness.
"a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior," NIV translation
Everything boils down to our hope of eternal life with God. He promised that from the beginning (even for the Gentiles) and commanded Paul to share the gospel. This speaks to the fact that Paul was truly called to be an apostle and it was not a career move on his part. The problem today is that many leaders decide to make ministry a career instead of being called (and commanded) by God.
"To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior." NIV translation
We see that the letter was addressed to Titus and Paul called him his "true son" as he had led him to faith in Jesus Christ. He had also trained him as they traveled sharing the gospel. In his common way, Paul greets him with "Grace and peace". It is interesting to note that he puts grace before peace and it is a reminder that the peace of God (salvation) is a gift from God.