Revolutions are spreading across the Middle East. Protests in our own city have made Madison the focus of the nation. Everyone is choosing sides as political opinion has become table talk. One question that must be answered during this time is, Are my attitudes, actions, and thoughts theologically informed? The task of the church is to advance the gospel of Christ. So we must weigh our actions and opinions to ensure that they commend the gospel to our world rather than tarnish it. Titus 3 enables us to view our relationships through the lens of the gospel.
Too often we recoil when the words works and salvation are used in the same sentence, but Scripture teaches us that we shouldn’t. There is a sense in which good works are expected of those who have been saved. As Paul closes his letter to Titus, he re-emphasizes the truth that we are not saved by good works, but we are saved for them. In this passage we’ll gain a healthy understanding of the relationship between salvation and works.
Paul’s message in this text is clear: conversion does not come by human effort but because of God’s goodness. The glory of God is on display as we see how all three Persons of the Godhead are involved in the work of salvation. In love, God the Father initiated the work of salvation; God the Son accomplished salvation; and God the Spirit applies salvation to the heart of those who are saved.
The relationship between Christ’s church and human governments has always been a sensitive issue for most Christians. While Scripture is clear on what that relationship is to look like, it leaves us asking a lot of related questions. In this sermon we’ll explore the biblical and historical context for Paul’s command to submit to rulers and authorities.
Titus 2:11-15, Titus 3:1-7
The grace of God is a common idea in Christian conversation, but what does it really mean? In this passage Paul teaches us that the grace of God is the dynamic saving action of God in the hearts of sinners. It produces both salvation and sanctification.
We must be intentional in passing the baton of biblical womanhood from one generation to the next. In this passage, Paul instructs older women to do just that by training younger women how to be wives and mothers.
If you are a Christian, does your conduct make a tangible appeal for the gospel? This is Paul’s concern in Titus chapter two. In this text we’ll see how important it is that our lives provide a living picture of the gospel of Christ.
Paul explains that there were many in the church who contradicted sound doctrine. In this sermon we look at who these men were, why they must be silenced, and how they are to be handled.
We continue our journey in the Pastoral Epistles, and now need to address two concerns beyond an elder’s family life: his character and his doctrine.
In the second part of this study, we look closely at two areas of an elder’s family life that are open for examination: the relationship to his wife and the relationship to his children.