Titus Chapter 3

October 17, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Titus. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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One of the things that Paul stresses in Titus Chapter 3 is that believers must devote themselves to doing what is good. Here at the Vineyard we talk about this all the time when we say that we are trying to live by doing the next right thing. Living this way, is not about trying to earn our salvation or in hopes that somehow God will love us more. Living by doing the next right thing is a response that comes from a heart that realizes and is in awe of the amazing love that God has for us and the lengths He has gone to give us full and abundant, now and forever life.

Titus 3:1-15 (NIV)
1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. 9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. 11 You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. 12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. 13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. 15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.

Titus 3:1-8

Our first and primary allegiance is to Jesus. He is our Lord. Under His lordship, we are to live as good citizens. We are to live at peace with the government as long as the government allows you to live in accordance with basic Christian beliefs. Paul taught about what good citizenship looks like in Romans 13:

Romans 13:1-7 (NIV)
1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

As good citizens, we need to pray diligently for those in authority over us and we need to live by trying to do the next right thing. How do we know what the next right thing is in the context of Romans 13 and the first part of Titus 3? Here is a four question check list that is very helpful.

a) Is it respectful

Show proper respect to everyone. Everyone. See the beauty of people’s potential. Treat them with respect. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. This is golden rule stuff. Is what you are about to do respectful of others.

b) Is it loving

We have discussed that our love for God and one another is one of our greatest witnesses to the world that God is God and cares about them. Is what we are about to do “loving”.

c) Is it Godly

Knowing that we are in Christ, is the action we are about to take one that would please God?

d) Is it legal

We talk all the time about how we justify and rationalize (tell rational lies) about doing things that we are not supposed to do. Is what you are about to do legal? Not, what your opinion is on the matter, just is it legal.

On another note, just because something is legal doesn’t mean it is Godly. God’s right and wrongs trump man’s right and wrongs.

But, the life of a disciple is even more than just not doing what is wrong, it is about becoming the person that God created and called us to be. That is where real life is found and what makes living as His disciples so important.

Titus 3:4-8
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Titus 3:9-15

9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.

We need to stay focused on the main things, the plain things, and the sane things. Don’t get distracted by petty foolish arguments.

1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)
20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

As usual, Paul ends the letter with some final greetings. The letters to Timothy and Titus were the last one that Paul wrote. They are full of encouragement to keep on pressing on and pressing in to Jesus. That is where full and abundant, now and forever life is found.

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  1. Dave V says:

    I am Thankful for :
    the Gospel of Mark;
    weather to turn the AC off;
    Another glorious morning sunrise;
    A loving family;
    The Grace given to us

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