Titus Chapter Three (Part One)

Introduction: A key idea in Titus is to stay focused on God’s will. Today, we hope to discuss demonstrating good works with government and all people.

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Body:

Read Titus 3:1-8

C. Demonstration of Good Works.

1. In Relation To Governments (vs. 1). 2. In Relation To All People (vss. 2-8). We see Paul urging to remind the people to be law abiding citizens. They are to be ready to do whatever is good. They are to get along with everybody. In light of how good God has been to believers, believers are called to be godly towards all people.

Applications -

- Attitude towards government. Notice in Titus vs. 1 that the believers are to be urged to be submissive and obedient to the government, in addition to being ready to do whatever is good.

First, government is not necessarily bad. In fact, it is good, when we place good people in position and they make and carryout good decisions. Believers ought not be anti-government, even though we may have a lower opinion of a particular official or decision.

Second, believers are called to be submissive and obedient to government. Paying our taxes would be a great example of submission and obedience as well as responding to being drafted into the military, especially in a time of conflict. We think the exception to this rule is when the government is leading us contrary to God’s will.

In such cases, we may be one who objects based on our conscious, but we must also bear the consequences, which may include prison. Think about those who objected to the Vietnam War.

Third, we should be ready to do whatever is good. Some examples of things that are good are to vote for people of good will to hold office. It is good to make ourselves available for office. It is good to hold those in position accountable for doing the right thing, once they are in office.

Let’s work onbeing supportive of our government and being in partnership with them to do good.

- Stop the bad and do the good. Notice in Titus vs. 2 believers are urged to refrain from bad practices (i.e., slander) and to practice being godly towards others (i.e., peaceable, considerate, and humility).

First, the reason the believers had to be told to refrain from bad behavior is because they were capable and probably tempted to engage in such. No matter how saved we claim to be, we are able to sin.

And sometimes people or circumstances can tempt us to sin. Sex outside of marriage, harming our bodies with drugs, and being mean to people can still pop up in our lives, if we don’t stay on guard.

Second, we are called to practice godly behaviors. Examples of godly behaviors include being courteous, responding to needs, and giving more than our share to making the community what it ought to be. The call is not based on how we feel but on God’s command.

Third, we are called to treat everybody right. Everybody is larger than simply our friends and those we like. Let’s work on refraining from bad behaviors and practicing godly behaviors towards others. 

- Being understanding. Notice in vs. 3 that Paul talks about how he and his readers used to be sinful. This realization is to help them empathize (i.e., understand or identify with) with those who are still living sinful lives.

First, no matter how mature in the Lord we claim to be today, all of us have had to travel a journey through sin to get here. In fact, we are still journeying along.

Second, because of our past and current issues with sin, we should be able to relate to those who are still living in sin. We should not be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.

For example, middle aged and senior adults should not forget the sexual urges that come with being young adults. Let’s work on being understanding of where people are spiritually. The aim of our being understanding should be to help those we minister to draw closer to the Lord.

- To God be the glory. Notice in Titus vss. 4-7 the idea that God changed Paul and his readers. They did not simply change themselves. In like manner, as we minister to others, we should not give the impression that we have accomplished so much by our own efforts.

On the contrary, all that we have and have become is because of God’s grace. By the grace of God, we had a mind to work on drawing closer to God. By the grace of God, we have grown to where we are. If it had not been for the grace of God, we would not have had a mind nor the power to grow in Him.

Let’s make sure we give God the glory for our growth. When God gets the glory, we have nothing to be arrogant or prideful about. We have no reason to look down on others. If it were not for God’s grace, we would be worse off than those we are tempted to look down on. 

- Reminding people to be doers. Notice in vss. 1, 8 that the people are to be reminded to live right. As believers who are concerned with helping others grow in the Lord, we should remember that there are some truths that are so important that we have to be prepared to share them over and over again with those we are ministering to.

The goal of ministry is not to simply help people develop a mental familiarity with information. The goal is to help people be doers of God’s word. Thus, we are called to stress some key issues over and over again.

And we will discover that people may listen a little bit more, if we practice what we preach. For example, we need to remind people about the importance of loving others and demonstrate how to love others. Let’s work on helping people be doers of God’s word.

Conclusion: Let’s work on staying focused on God’s will. God has much for those who obey His will.

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