Titus Chapter Three (Part Two)



Introduction: A key idea in today's lesson is to stay focused on God’s will. Today, we hope to discuss demonstrating good works towards false teachers and Paul’s final comments.

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Body:

Read Titus 3:9-11

3. In Relation To False Teachers. Titus is to avoid foolish controversies. They are unprofitable. Divisive people are to be warned twice and then they are to be neglected. They are warped and self-condemned.

Applications -

- Avoiding foolishness. Notice in vs. 9 that believers are urged to avoid foolish controversies. The reason given for such avoidance is because it is unprofitable.

First, on one hand, there is a desire in believers to help people say and do the right thing. On the other hand, there is the reality that we cannot make people do anything. At some point, our efforts to help becomes unprofitable arguing (in a negative sense).

Second, the question of who determines what is foolish and the criteria for foolishness may inspire an all together different controversy. However, each believer is called to use his or her prayerful judgment to avoid foolishness.

Sometimes what a believer calls the avoidance of foolishness may be called arrogance by the one who wants to continue with the “foolishness.” Let’s work on avoiding foolishness without creating unnecessary tension in the body of Christ.

Wardrobe, worship playlists, and to some degree the role of women in other churches may fit into the notion of foolish controversies. No matter what we agree to on these matters, if we are not giving our best to helping people to get saved and to be growing disciples of Christ then all of our debating has been of little value.

- Discipline. Notice in vs. 10 of Titus that a divisive person is to be warned twice and then neglected, as one who is self-condemned. First, there are people who seek to cause trouble in the church. One way they cause trouble is nurturing division instead of unity.

Second, divisive people are to be deal with. There should be a couple of warnings and then negligence. This is an example of church discipline, which too many of churches lack. Consequently, the devil feels so comfortable in too many churches.

Third, the person is self-condemned. In other words, before the person was neglected by the church, they had already been found guilty of sin. Let’s work on having a healthy amount of discipline in our churches.

Carrying out this application calls for wise and spiritually courageous leaders as well as supportive members. It often calls for witnesses being mandatory reporters of what they have seen and heard.

Read Titus 3:12-15

V. Personal Messages And Greetings. Paul closes the letter requesting that Titus come to him at Nicopolis. Paul intends to send Artemas or Tychicus to Titus. Paul wants Titus to have the people to provide support for Zenas the lawyer. Paul closes with a call for grace to all.

Applications -

- Being sendable. Notice in vs. 12 of Titus that a man is to be sent by Paul. There is such a need for sendable people in our churches today. To be sendable means that you need to have an humble and trustworthy character.

And you have to be capable of carrying out the assignment you are being sent to do. When there are no sendable people, the church is limited in what it can offer to those who are in and around the church building. Let’s work on being sendable people.

- Trusting God with the rest. Notice in vss. 12-13 that there are some things that are beyond our control. This is supported by phrases like “do your best.” It is important for us to acknowledge that there are many things beyond our control.

We cannot control how people will respond to our ministries. We cannot control all of the elements of our health. And we cannot control things like the wickedness of people around us.

However, we should do our best to carryout a good work for the Lord. We should not allow the things we don’t control to stop us from doing what we can with the things we can control. Let’s work on doing our best and leaving the rest to the Lord.

- A saved lawyer. Notice in vs. 13 of Titus the mention of what appears to be a saved lawyer. It is a terrible mistake to think that God only calls people to be preachers and deacons. The whole world belongs to God; therefore, God can call us to do any number of things in the whole world.

In other words, God may call some to be lawyers, others to be doctors, and yet others to be politicians. God calls some to be teachers, others business owners, and yet others to be police officers.

Let’s be open to God calling us to do whatever He wants us to do. We should also help others be open to this idea as well.

- Supporting great works. Notice in vss. 13-14 the urging to provide support for those who are doing a good work. The truth is that many of us will never go on a foreign mission field, but we can support those who do.

We may never be a political leader, but we can support those who deserve our support. We may never be able to do many great things, but we can support those who do great things like the Urban League, local community service agencies, and disaster relief organizations like the Red Cross.

Let’s work on being supportive of those who do great work. There are great blessings for those who sow seeds in the work of God.

- Warm supportive relationships. Notice in vs. 15 the family or community like spirit. Among believers there should be a warm family and community like spirit. Where there is coldness and distance, God is not pleased.

Let’s work on being a church of warm supportive relationships. We should also work on being in fellowship with other churches, since the love of God is bigger than our local church.

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

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