Titus 3:10-11 – Avoiding Division in the Church

 

 

This is the 38th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

How do you handle people who are divisive among God’s people? People who are clever and argue well but at the end of the day it’s their view they are promoting and not what scripture teaches. In fact they are actually upsetting people, building a following and dividing the church. People like this have been around for a long time and the verses we are looking at this week teach who they are and how to handle them.

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Titus 3:9-10 – Helping Habitually Disobedient People

 

 

This is the 37th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

How do you handle people who constantly refuse to accept what the Bible says? Paul talks about this a lot in the Pastoral Epistles. Watch this latest vblog to find out how he explains it to Titus.

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Titus 3:9 – Focus on Truth

 

 

This is the 36th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

I love a good argument. Anything to get people wound up and debating! Is that the way you are? Is it a good way to be? The Apostle Paul teaches in this verse that what we discuss should be based on scripture, meaningful and up-building to our faith.

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Titus 3:8b – Christians Should Do Good Works

 

 

This is the 35th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

It is amazing to see that the Lord expects salvation to move out from our hearts to our hands. Paul wrote to the Philippians “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. So whether individuals are being addressed or an assembly salvation has to be seen and felt by others. It has to ‘come out’.

Titus is told to place great emphasis on this truth and so should we.

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Titus 3:8 – Rock Solid Truth

 

 

This is the 34th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

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Titus 3:7 – Heirs With Christ

 

 

This is the 33rd video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

I don’t claim to understand it but nevertheless it thrills my soul!

God has so engineered His purposes that I get to share in my Savior’s vast wealth for all eternity. If that doesn’t blow your mind nothing will.

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Titus 3:6 – The Holy Spirit in Conversion

 

 

This is the 32nd video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

How on earth can people be so changed when they become a Christian?

You might think that you could never live the “christian way.” Well here is the amazing truth – you don’t do the changing, God does, and the first part of the process is the Spirit of God being poured out abundantly into your life. Watch and learn of bible based Christianity.

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Titus 3:5b – New Life & New Power

 

This is the 31st video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

Last week we were reminded that salvation is a work of God, not based on what we can do but on what God has done through the Lord Jesus Christ.

This week we see something of what was going on when we got saved. God washed us, we were born in His family, God made us new people and the Spirit of God worked in power in our conversion. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.

May God bless this meditation.

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Titus 3:5a – Saved By Grace

This is the 30th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

Thankfully salvation is in God’s hands not mine or I would never be saved. Paul explains to Titus how salvation becomes possible. Trust you can rejoice with me in a merciful God.

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NT Tuesday: Modesty

Upright LivingAs I was writing last week’s blog and thinking of how we are to honor one another, I thought of the idea of biblical modesty. Now, one might ask “how are the two of these items related?” Truly the connection is obvious. If we are going to show preference to one another, than the first thing we should seek to do is point others to Jesus Christ and diligently avoid doing anything that would cause one another to stumble.

Let’s think on this for a few moments. (I know that a good percentage of the readers are going to be thinking “legalism alert”. Fret not, readers, fret not.)

Paul wrote in Titus 2:9 “…that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire.” This verse is found in context with the glorious idea that the “Grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all people.” That thought continues with the idea that we are then taught to live righteously and holy anticipating the coming of the Lord Jesus. So, there is an expected form of behavior that results from our salvation – one might even argue that there is an expected way to dress (considering the connection between the verses).

Certainly, Paul thought that there was an acceptable way of dressing for women – “respectable attire, with modesty and self-controlled.” In fact, what he was really getting at is that a woman should be known for something else – not her appearance, not her clothes (whether fancy or plain), but rather “…with what is proper for women who profess godliness–with good works” (Titus 2:10.) In other words, one’s clothes should reflect one’s heart – a woman should be adorned with good works – showing her close relationship with her Lord.

All throughout the Bible, there are instances where clothing is seen as telegraphing a message.

Think of Tamar in Genesis 38:1-30. When she wanted to seduce Judah, she took off her widow’s clothes and she put on clothes that communicated to Judah that she was a prostitute. What she wore revealed what she was communicating or desiring. In contrast, the woman of virtue described in Proverbs 31:10-31, wears clothing that is strength and honor because of her character. Yes, she makes herself clothing that is of silk and purple, fine thing for the times, but she is known for much more than her clothing. You could say that she defines the clothing; the clothing does not define her.

Back in the New Testament, Peter starts out with talking about the inner person and proceeds to talk about the comparison of inner and outer. In fact, Peter goes on to say that a meek and quiet spirit is of great price and is something that should be worn by godly women and that holy women of old adorned themselves with such being in subjection to their own husbands. (Read 1 Peter 3:1-5).

It seems, doesn’t it, that in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, what we wear matters – it telegraphs a message, a message that begins in our heart. Yes, we can become legalistic in defining what we think modesty looks like, but we can also fail to be obedient to the Lord in all areas of our life by refusing to recognize that what we wear says something about our relationship with Him.

Until next week, fulfill your ministry!

 

 

 

 

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