Titus Part 3 HANDOUT
Our way of life has a significant impact on those around us both inside and outside of the church. Because of that, we must take seriously our responsibility as Christians to live in ways that draw others to the beauty of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Titus 3:1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
- Be submissive to rulers and authorities. – Obey the law.
- Be ready to do whatever is good – serve your community
- Slander no one – Guard your tongue.
- Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
- Be peaceable. Avoid quarreling. Refuse to fight.
- Be gentle. Be considerate. In America, it’s all about my rights.
- Be gentle toward everyone – Show perfect courtesy to all.
- Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
Paul reminds us that it was through the “loving kindness” of God in Christ that we became His sons and daughters.
REASON #1 Your former life demands that you care about people
Titus 3:3 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.
We have to share, we need to reach the other people that need Jesus – In the same way that Jesus reached out to us. Because we have been forgiven, we have to care.
REASON #2 Our new life demands that we share.
Titus 3:4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 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, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 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.
When you have God the Holy Spirit living in you, you can’t help but do good works.
Doing good things and being moral does not make you right with God. BUT when you are right with God, by faith, you won’t be able to help but do good works because of the Holy Spirit living in you.
Washing of regeneration (ancient Greek culture) – confession of faith. You and I are renewed by the Holy Spirit.
God tells that we are justified. A legal declaration has happened when we place our faith in Christ Jesus alone. Your sins have been forgiven…PAID IN FULL. Hope is an anchor of certainty! Not wishful thinking.
Now we are commanded to walk this out in life.
A trustworthy statement is one that really matters!
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
Titus 3:12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. 13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all.
THE POINT: Do good because you have God’s love.
My hope for you: “Experience the love of God and do good like never before.”