how does one live a life that is pleasing to god? in the book of titus, paul answers this question.
In Titus, Paul writes to present the framework of functional Christianity to a young church struggling to live out their faith. Many challenges abound, including relational challenges that exist within new church communities, namely that of authority. As all of our decisions are impacted by our understanding of Christ, Paul uses this opportunity to present Christ again as the root to which all of our structures, relationships, authority, and subsequent gospelfocused outreach and mission is founded. It is Titus that provides us an opportunity to see gospelcentered care, behavior, structures, ministry, and administration within assemblies of believers.
Paul presents a timeless call to believers who have been transformed by the grace of God to live reflective of this transformation. In a culture with an ever increasing cynicism toward the truth of the gospel, believers are called to saturate this present age with the evidence of receiving the gift of grace as demonstrated through reflective behaviors. It is inconsistent to profess receipt of God’s grace, yet not live out this in daily life, and there unfortunately are far too many professing Christians that offer no evidence of the instruction of grace in their lives. This epidemic has its solution in the firm and confident preaching of the gospel across pulpits and among those whom have been called by the grace of God to instruct others in doctrine that leads to growth in godliness.
Let’s Live This Out!!!
How can we take the instruction Paul provides and make it relevant and practical for our lives today? How can we reflect the grace of God in our lives through our daily walk?
Titus: The Introduction
May 31, 2015