Contributed on Oct 20, 2022
Great leaders can strengthen the church; bad leaders can really harm it. So some advice on things to look for, in picking great elders.
Today we start a new series on Titus. I'm going for the record here, in how little I say about the book before we jump in. Verse 1: (1) Paul, a slave of God. Now, an apostle of Jesus Christ, in accordance with the faith(fulness?) of God's chosen ones, and the knowledge of the truth-- ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2022
How should first century Roman women, equal in Christ, act toward their first century Roman husbands? Is equality, or the gospel, more important?
Our passage today revolves around two related themes: reputation, and the good news about Jesus Christ. At first glance, you might not think that's Paul's focus. It's going to seem like Paul is talking about how men, and women, and slaves, should live in relation to one another. But ...read more
Contributed on Nov 10, 2022
Titus 3:4-5 are rightly celebrated, but in a way that usually misses Paul's point. Show grace to mean people, recognizing that those people are like you used to be, before God washed you and gave you his Spirit.
Last week, in Paul's letter to Titus, chapter 2, we read how Paul told Titus to set up the church, and the families within the church, to look like the ideal first century Roman household. Especially when you're a fringe religious group, but probably always, it's important to live in a ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2022
A key question, that helps us live productively. Productive things: good works, helping missionaries. Unproductive: foolish arguments/disagreements about the Bible
Let's start this morning, by rereading last week's verses, Titus 3:1-8. I want you to hear something in Titus 3:8, in particular. But it's much easier to hear it, if we take a running start at it: (1) Remind them, to the rulers and the authorities, to be subject/submissive, to obey, ...read more