Monday, November 29, 2010

Food for Thought: Titus

For the past few weeks, our church has been going over the book of Titus and the clear implications the gospel has on our lives. Some powerful food for thought lies in this 3 chapter book.

Although this specific message is directed to church elders, all Christians, especially those involved in any kind of leadership, both in the church and out should strive towards these things:

"They must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, they must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.

Respect the government and be ready to do whatever is good, slander no one, be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

Avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. "

Why should we strive towards these things? Because we should always remember our story of redemption, after all:

"At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone."

All passages listed are from Titus 1-3 - please do read the entire book to grasp the full message for yourself, and feel free to post any thoughts, reflections, etc.

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