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Hold firm to the Word!

Scripture reading for October 8th:  Titus 1, Psalm 51, Proverbs 16

Key Scriptures:  Titus 1:5-9  “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you–if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.  For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach.  He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.  He must hold firm to the trustworthy Word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”  

Paul wrote another letter to Titus, another one of his spiritual sons who was an elder that Paul had left in the church on the Island of Crete.  He charged Titus to set the church in order by wisely appointing overseers who met the qualifications of character and faith in God’s Word.  They must be able to teach and correct those under their charge.  Their character would first be reflected in their own children and home life as well as their reputation in the community and church.

Faith Confession:  I thank God for the opportunity to serve in His Church and be an overseer.  I hold fast to His unchanging and trustworthy Word which enables me to give instruction and make correction of those who contradict it.

Psalm 51:12-13 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You.”  

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Pastoring in a godless culture!

Scripture reading for October 26th: Titus 1:1-16

Titus was a Greek convert of Paul’s who was called by God to be a leader in the church.  Paul recognized God’s call on this young man and worked with him to help him mature and learn how to lead and organize an effective church in a pagan culture.  He left him in Crete to continue the work that Paul had started there.  Paul considered Titus a ‘true son’ in the faith that they shared in Jesus Christ.

Leaders in the church must meet certain character qualifications in order to be effective.  The goal of good leadership is to see people won to faith in Jesus Christ through the Gospel and then to see people live godly lives as they expectantly work and wait for the soon return of Jesus.  Paul listed these qualification again for Titus as he did for Timothy, his other son in the faith.  Good elders must be blameless and have their families under control.  They must be free from moral vices and love what is good, according to Scripture.  They must be hospitable and able to teach others what they know and live from God’s word.  They must be able to refute those who oppose the truth as well as encourage those who are open and growing.  (Titus 1:5-9)

Being a pastor involves working with people of all backgrounds and maturity levels.  Pastoral ministry requires patience and persistence in doing good.  A pastor must always realize that they are representing God and His word to the people in how they teach as well as how they live.

Paul cautioned Titus to beware of some rebellious people who were of the circumcision party.  These people really did not  believe but were using their religion for gain.  Paul told Titus to rebuke them sharply that they might be delivered from the Jewish myths that they were pedaling.  (Titus 1:10-13)  These people were really not believers in Jesus Christ or the Gospel.  Their minds and consciences had been corrupted with the false teaching of legalism.  “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him.  They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.”

The Gospel of Christ produces faith which leads to obedience to the truth and godly living.  False teaching leads to strife and division.  Pastors must be strong to teach and live the truth by faith.

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Fully equipped to serve!

Scripture reading for October 24th: 2nd Timothy 2:22-3:17

The last days would be full of trouble and terrible times for Christians.  Idolatry and godlessness would abound and selfishness would bring great violence and sin to the earth.  People would become lovers of pleasure and reject God as the supreme lover.  Even the church would be affected by those with just a form of godliness but no real power to live a holy life.  (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)  False teachers would also arise and oppose the truth of the Gospel and those who were faithfully preaching it.  Those living godly in Christ Jesus would suffer persecution. (2nd Timothy 3:12)

“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  . . And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.  Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2nd Timothy 2:22, 24-26)  Pastor Timothy must actively pursue God through prayer and the word.  The character of Christ will then enable him to effectively reach out to those who are opposing him.  All men are important to God and God wants them all saved.  (1st Timothy 2:4-5)  Satan is the one who is blinding them and has taken them captive to do his will.  The Gospel message, when presented with a loving spirit, will effectively break the bondage of the devil’s trap!

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you have learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2nd Timothy 14-17)  Timothy lacked nothing that he needed.   He had good teachers, the Holy Scriptures, and the Holy Spirit.  The word of God thoroughly equipped him for every good work!  Have you become convinced of that too?

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