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Summary: Part 3 of a 3-part sermon. Paul saw his spiritual obligation as a resource for Titus’ ministry. Thus my Spiritual obligation is a resource for the ministry of others. But when? My Obligation becomes a resource/asset for others when it aligns/correlate

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The RESOURCE of OBLIGATION-II—Titus 1:1-4

His request approved, the CNN News photographer quickly used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight.

He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger.

He jumps in with his bag, slams the door shut, & shouts, ’Let’s go’.

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind & took off.

Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, ’Fly over the valley & make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.’

’Why?’ asked the pilot.

’Because I’m a photographer for CNN’ , he responded, ’& I need to get some close up shots.’

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, ’So, what you’re telling me, is . . . You’re NOT my flight instructor?’

The pilot’s obligation was NOT a resource for the reporter.

Paul saw his spiritual obligation as a resource for Titus’ ministry.

Spiritual obligation is a resource for the ministry of others.

How is one’s obligation a resource for the ministry of others?

A Resource is something others can rely on, turn to & learn from.

My Obligation becomes a resource/asset for others when it

aligns/correlates with Christian....

1. OWNERSHIP(:1) “Bondservant”

2. REPRESENTATION(:1) “Apostle”

3. ELECTION by FAITH(:1) “the Faith of God’s elect”

4. KNOWLEDGE(:1)

5. INTEGRITY/Outworking(:1)

Parallel:

2Pet. 1:2-4—“Grace & peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God & of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life & godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory & virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great & precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

6—My Obligation is a resource for others when it correlates with Christian....

HOPE / Trust(:2)

Explanation:(:2) “in hope of eternal life”

:2—“in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,”

“Hope”—elpiv—1) Expectation or confidence of evil, fear; 2) Expectation or confidence of good, hope; 3) On hope, in hope, having hope—3a) The author of hope, or he who is its foundation. 3b) The thing hoped for.

“Promised”—epaggellw—1) To announce that one is about to do or furnish something—1a) To promise (of one’s own accord) to engage voluntarily; 2) To profess—2a) An art, to profess one’s skill in something. Strong—To assert something respecting oneself:-- profess, (make) promise.

1Sam. 15:29—““And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.””

“Time”—cronov—Time either long or short. time in general.

“Began/Beginning/Long”—aiwniov—Without beginniing or end, everlasting, eternal.

Argumentation:

HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE:

Jn. 6:68—“But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

1Thess. 5:8-9—“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith & love, & as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,”

*1Pet. 1:3-4—“Blessed be the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible & undefiled & that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,”

1Jn. 2:25—“And this is the promise that He has promised us--eternal life.”

1Jn. 3:2-3—“Beloved, now we are children of God; & it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

Jude 21—“keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Jn. 3:14-15—““And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

1Tim. 6:12—“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called & have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

1Jn. 5:11-13—“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, & this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. vThese things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, & that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

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