Titus 1:11-12 Liars, Beasts, and Gluttons

 

This is the eighth video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

Have you ever been insulted when someone defined your nationality or ethnic grouping in insulting terms?

In this letter Paul quotes one of the well known Cretian prophets as he describes the national characteristics of the people of Crete (I am sure that it is not true today) and it is quite insulting stuff. Why rub salt in the wounds of a nation? The reason – God can change what we are naturally into something that is good and pleasing to him.

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Digital Church?

Digital Church

 

Christian blogger and Evangelical leader Albert Mohler recently posted a thought provoking blog entry on the rise of the ‘digital church’ as a replacement for traditional, physical church gatherings.

Brother Mohler rightly points out that digital technologies can be of great value for the believer and the church alike. Online sermon libraries, online archives of the written works of Christian teachers of prior generations, and use of social media for gospel outreach are just a few of the examples cited.

Mohler goes even one step further by implying that an online presence is even NECESSARY for ministry in the 21st Century:

A church without a digital presence is a church that, to many people, simply doesn’t exist.

However, we need to exercise caution. Even with all of the potential benefits that modern, digital technology offers there are some serious dangers that we must consider.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Had No Audible Female Participation

Which Church?

A reading of the New Testament will demonstrate that Christian women played a crucial role in the ongoing work of God. Such sisters as Priscilla, Phebe and Eunice are but examples of the noble band of women whose contribution to assembly life was invaluable. However, teaching the Word is vocal participation in the gatherings and is for the men only. That may sound strange in an age of equal opportunities in politics and business, but it is the clear teaching of scripture. The general statement that covers the point is, “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak”, 1 Corinthians 14:34. The immediate context shows that the prohibition extends even to asking a question in a public gathering. Elsewhere, it takes in public praying, in that the men (Greek word meaning males) should pray, 1 Timothy 2:8, and it certainly forbids public teaching on the part of the sisters, 1 Timothy 2:12.

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Titus 1:10-11 Why Such High Standards For Elders?

 

This is the seventh video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

Why is the list of credentials for elders so tough?

Do they really need to be of such a high standard?

It looks as if they have to be pretty capable Bible Teachers as well as shepherds, carers and leaders. This latest vblog explains from Titus chapter one what the elders in the fairly new church in Crete faced and how God had equipped the elders to handle the situation. It’s not so different today!

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Were Instructed By A Number Of Preachers

Which Church?

In Christendom, a system has developed that we call the clerical system, in which one man has almost the sole responsibility of preaching to a congregation week by week. That practice is not based on the teaching of the Bible. In New Testament times, in each local church, a number of men had responsibility for ministering to God’s people. Indeed, every believer had some part to play, for the assembly is likened to a human body with each member playing a vital role. Every believer has been endowed with a spiritual gift that has to be employed for the good of the whole body. To pay one man to bear almost the whole responsibility of helping God’s people is a contradiction of the ‘body of Christ’ aspect of the local church, 1 Corinthians 12:27.

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Titus 1:6-9 A Closer Look At Elders

 

This is the sixth video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

As discussed in our prior video on verse 5 one of the two key tasks that Paul gave to Titus was to identify elders to care for the new believers. In the verses before us today, Titus 1:6-9, we continue to explore what God’s word has to say about elders.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Were Guided By Overseers

Which Church?

The responsibility for leadership in New Testament assemblies devolved upon overseers, (often translated ‘bishop’ in the King James Version). These men are also described as being elders, that is, men of a mature spiritual experience, 1 Timothy 3:6. They were not elected by the congregation, but appointed by the sovereign choice of the Holy Spirit, Acts 20:28. Certain qualifications had to be met, and these are outlined in 1 Timothy chapter 3, and Titus chapter 1.

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Titus 1:5 Tasked With Things To Do In Crete

 

This is the fifth video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

The Apostle Paul was not expecting Titus to be wasting his time when he left him behind in Crete. No sight seeing for him every day! Paul gave him two main tasks to be getting on with.

The first task involved tying up some ‘loose ends’. When Paul left Crete there were still some things that needed to be done so he asks Titus in this letter to finish off what he had started. To get the full impact of what had to be done you need to read all three chapters of this letter.

The second task was to identify elders to care for the new believers. What is an elder and what is their role? Discover with me how the word of God puts it in this vblog and next weeks.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Were Restricted To Christian Membership

Which Church? New Testament Churches Had No Sectarian Title

One sad feature of the present day is that many of the Lord’s dear people are connected to religious systems in which believers and unbelievers are linked. That situation was never the norm in New Testament times. In 1 Corinthians 1:2, Paul described the composition of the church of God at Corinth like this, “them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints”. Thus each member was a genuine believer for it is our faith in Christ that sanctifies us, Acts 26:18. He also spoke of assemblies in general as “churches of the saints”, 1 Corinthians 14:33, another indication that there should be an exclusively believing membership.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Had No Headquarters On Earth

Which Church? New Testament Churches Had No Sectarian Title

Modern ecclesiastical bodies consist of a central authority with numerous congregations responsible to that central office. The format differs from group to group, but there are general assemblies, synods of bishops, central oversights and so on. This concept of a headquarters on earth is alien to the Word of God.

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