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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,”


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