Sunday, April 15, 2018

Paul's Epistles – Titus – Part 5: Teaching Young Men and Servants


Paul's Epistles – Titus – Part 5:
Teaching Young Men and Servants
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

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SERMON INTRODUCTION
Unlike some of the other epistles attributed cautiously to Paul, nearly all agree that without a doubt, Titus is most definitely Paul’s workmanship.

Some thought that because of its strong emphasis on “works”, Paul did not write it. (1:16; 2:7, 14; 3:1, 8, 14 ), however Titus 3:5 gives the answer to that objection, “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,”

It is clear Paul is pressing the issue of works, not for salvation sake, but in an effort to promote “godliness” which comes from knowledge of the Truth, a godliness which “produces” works naturally as its fruits.

Galatians 5:22-23 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

This letter was written approximately the same time, and more than likely the same place as I Timothy.


PREVIOUSLY
Introduction to Titus
Appointing Elders who love what is good
Rebuking False Teachings
Teaching Older Men and Women



TODAY’S SERMON
Teaching Young Men and Servants

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
Titus 3:6-15 (65 AD, written between I Timothy and II Timothy)
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

The overall message of this epistle to the church is;
God’s ideal for the Christian Church and Christian Workers


I. ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG MEN TO BE SELF-CONTROLLED
a. Self-Controlled
                                                                 i. According to scripture, young men need to be “encouraged” to be self-controlled

                                                              ii. This implies what I believe we all know to be true about young men (and perhaps some older who have chronologically aged but failed to mature), they can be reckless, impulsive, lead by their emotions, poor decision making

                                                           iii. However, the older men should be aware of this because we too were that way, and encourage the younger to be self-controlled, rather, submit to the Spirit of God they receive when they take part of the New Covenant, and allow (do not quench or resist) the Holy Spirit to do a work in them, giving them the ability to be self-controlled.

                                                            iv. In-everything (older men) set an example by doing what is good
1. You MUST be doers of the words you speak!


b. What your teaching should be
                                                                 i. Show integrity - honesty, truth, honor, reliability

                                                              ii. Seriousness - the importance and significance of what you are teaching

                                                           iii. Soundness of speech - reliable, dependable, words that bring security in teaching

                                                            iv. These things will rightly represent the Word of God


c. Why teach in this manner
                                                                 i. So those who oppose you may be shamed because they have nothing bad to say about you.

1. This speaks of legitimate things to say about you

2. Those who oppose you and your teaching will always find false-accusations, lies, rumors, gossip etc...

3. However, to these, they will end up being shamed because they were not true, and those who know you will see and hear the truth, knowing that others are liars.


II.      TEACH THE SERVANTS TO BE SUBJECT TO THEIR MASTERS
a. Servants (Employees) and Masters (Bosses)
                                                                 i. Only speaks to Christian Employees

                                                              ii. We represent Christ no matter where we are or what we are doing

b. Being subject means
                                                                 i. We are the employee, and they are in charge
                                                              ii. Therefore, since you represent the Lord, try to please your boss
                                                           iii. Do not argue or fight back with them (remember, they are in charge!)
                                                            iv. Show them you can be trusted
                                                               v. Do not steal from them (not even time)
1. I have a friend who always waited until he was at work to use the restroom for about 15 minutes every day we worked.

2. He calculated that in 1 year he was in the bathroom for about 65 hours.

3. At $7 per hour, this comes to $455 per year

4. Now, if you have to go, you have to go, but to purposely wait every day to get paid to poop, is not the way we are supposed to be, taking advantage of our boss and job.


c. Why be subject to our boss in the appropriate manner?
                                                                 i. Paul says, “So in every way you will make the teaching about God the savior attractive”

                                                              ii. If we (as Christian Employees) do not try to please our boss, or talk back and argue all the time, steal from them, even time, we show them we cannot be trusted...therefore why would they want anything to do with the God we say we serve?


III.   WHAT IS THE TEACHING ABOUT GOD THE SAVIOR WE SHOULD BE SHOWING?
a. The Grace of God
                                                                 i. which has appeared and offers salvation

                                                              ii. We must explain this and share it with others


b. What it Teaches
                                                                 i. This grace and salvation teaches us to say NO to ungodliness and worldly possessions

                                                              ii. We avoid ungodly behavior

                                                           iii. We live self-controlled lives
1. We can be trusted
2. We do not need rules, laws, punishments, masters to force us to do what is right, because we are self-controlled and chose the right path in all things

3. We chose upright and Godly lives


c. While we wait for the blessed hope
                                                                 i. The appearing Glory of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ

                                                              ii. He gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness

                                                           iii. And to purify for Himself a people that are His very own

                                                            iv. A people who are eager to do what is good!



CONCLUSION –  These then are the things you should teach

So Paul explains to Titus in the last few verses we have looked at in the recent weeks;

Teach the older men - sound doctrine and to be moderate, serious, self-controlled, calm, sound in faith and charity (love), doing all in patience.

Teach the older women - live in a way that is becoming to holiness, staying away from gossip and false accusations of others, and not drinking much wine, teaching good things.

Teach the young women - to be temperate (by example), to love their husbands and their children, to be tactful, virtuous, keepers of the home, good, obedient to their own husbands (do not listen to men other than your own husband, this keeps women from consorting in the church with married men, and keeps peace in the home when you do not take another man’s word above your husband’s)

Teach the young men - to exercise self-control, doing good in all things, in doctrine being uncorrupt, showing sincerity, sound speech, so no one has just cause to speak against you.

Servants (Christian Employees) - obey your boss, trying to please them, doing well at your job, not talking back, not stealing anything from them (including time), but show you are trustworthy, showing the Doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

The Christian life is an example to others, those younger than us, those we work for, people we know or meet in our daily lives.
As we are here on the earth, we are to live for the Lord, being an example to others while we wait for our Lord to come.

Next week we will look at Paul explaining to Titus about our citizenship in the land we live.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Resurrection Sunday 2018 Easter Service


Resurrection Sunday 2018
Easter Service
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

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SERMON INTRODUCTION




SCRIPTURE REFERENCE

Isaiah 53
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.

He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


I.       WHAT IS TODAY?
a.      Today is NOT about Ishtar
i.       The Assyrian/Babylonian goddess of fertility, war, love and sex

ii.    This is why the Pagan holiday “Easter” is celebrated with rabbits, which are symbolic of reproduction, and eggs, which are a symbolic of fertility.

iii. Although Ishtar worship has been around for approximately 4,500 years, only 1 of the many days of Ishtar worship actually come near to the day of Passover.

iv.   CONTRARY to Pagan claims, today is NOT a Pagan holiday taken over by a “new” faith called “Christianity”, but rather, a HOLY DAY which just happened to take place during one of their many Pagan days that fill the calendar.

v.      As we spoke about in Titus, Paul addressing the Pagan world around us, all things are pure to those who are pure. We are not celebrating the goddess on this day, therefore it is OK for us to say “happy Easter” in reference to the Holy Day of Christ’s resurrection.

vi.   Because THAT is what we celebrate.

vii.                        Passover...the Holy Day established by God for the remembrance of the day the Lord freed his people who were enslaved to Egypt.

viii.                     A foreshadowing of His people today (Christians) being freed from the bondage of our Egypt, sin.


b.     It IS the PASSOVER
i.       Leviticus 23:5 specifies that the festival year begins with Passover, on the end of the fourteenth day of the month (Nisan 15, which actually begins at sundown).

ii.    In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, Passover is the Feast of Salvation.

iii. Jews receiving Salvation from Egypt after the death of the firstborn, and the blood of the lamb as a covering in the Old Covenant, and in the New Covenant, salvation from sin after the death of the Firstborn of God, and the Lamb's blood which does not cover as the foreshadowing example in the Old, but cleanses, for it is the fulfillment of the promise of God.

iv.   Today, we mark our bodies (the house of the “spirit”) with the blood of Christ.

v.      Today is a celebration of Salvation!


c.      Today is a promise of God fulfilled!
i.       Man's relationship with God was broken because of sin (Genesis 3)

ii.    Through the atonement of Christ's sacrifice at Passover, He brought us a NEW COVENANT, purchased with His blood

iii. ANYONE who drinks of this cup (Outwardly accepting what has taken place in their heart), can receive a New Covenant with God, through Christ Jesus, and once again, be in fellowship with our Father in heaven.

iv.   This New Covenant brings with it forgiveness of sin, a new mind, a renewal of life, and access to the power of God’s Spirit which allows us protection through the Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6), Spiritual Gifts so that we may be equipped to serve Him (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:8-10; I Peter 4:11), and Christ will begin a work within us, changing us, drawing us closer to what we were created TO BE, as opposed to what this world has made us (Philippians 1:6),  and because of God’s Holy Spirit, we in turn will produce the fruits of the Spirit in our lives, which is not our characteristics, but God’s brought into this world through us. (Galatians 5:22)



II.    HOW DID GOD PREPARE HIS PEOPLE FOR THIS DAY?
a.      Through prophecies (approximately +350 individual)
i.       Such as Isaiah 53

ii.    There are literally thousands (some were repeated in various texts) of prophecies concerning Jesus, which He fulfilled, proving He was the Christ

iii. The Old Testament (Covenant or contract with God) teaches of Jesus, and the coming New Testament

iv.   Remember, the Testaments are COVENANTS (agreements/contracts made with God)

v.      There are currently 2 contracts with God, the Old which does not save, only reveal our sin and need for a savior, thus condemning us, and the New which was purchased in Christ’s Blood, releasing us from the requirements of the first contract, which is bondage to sin and death as payment of sin.


b.     God also prepared His people by showing His people through example (or foreshadowing)
i.       Prophecies told of what was to come, and have been fulfilled by Christ, but foreshadowing SHOWED through example to the people what was to come!

ii.    God showed what He was going to do to bring Salvation to His people and renew the relationship that had been broken because of sin, by saving the Jews from Egypt, using symbolic teachings such as the blood of a sacrificial lamb over the door stoops, and the death of the firstborn.

a.      In fact, God revealed His plan of salvation when Adam and Eve first sinned against God in Genesis 3:21-22The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.”
b.     Because of sin against God, a sacrifice was made, blood was shed, and a covering for man, foreshadowing Christ coming, shedding His blood for payment.

iii. This foreshadowed what Christ would accomplish and was revealed to us in the beginning.


c.      Finally, God not only gave prophecies that were fulfilled by Christ, and foreshadowing to SHOW what Christ would accomplish, but Jesus taught before the Cross of what His mission was, and what OUR mission would be once He left.

d.     Matthew 28:16-20Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

e.      This is “The Great Commission” and what “we” are called by God to do. Help others escape the bondage of sin and be reunited in relationship with God the Father through Christ Jesus and what He accomplished at the cross, thus allowing them to come into a covenant with Christ, receive the Holy Spirit and allow Christ to being a work in them, and seal their eternity within the Kingdom of God.



III. HOW DO WE HONOR PASSOVER TODAY?
a.      Celebrate it as a feast of God!
i.       Not as a ritual, rather a feast of celebration in honoring God's fulfilled plan of Salvation


b.     Remember it!
i.       As the Israelites were instructed to do, teach it to our young, so the next generation will know what God has done!


c.      Many want to celebrate Christmas as Jesus' birthday, yet;
i.       We know from scripture Jesus was not born in December

ii.    We were NEVER told in scripture to celebrate Jesus' birth

iii. Jesus Himself told us in scripture to CELEBRATE HIS DEATH & RESURRECTION!

a.      At the Passover feast, the night Jesus was taken into custody, he celebrated with the Disciples, and had what we call the “Last Supper”, and during the breaking of bread, and the drinking of wine into the New Covenant, Jesus told them “EVERY TIME you do this, do this in remembrance of me”

b.     Jesus told them, every “communion”, as we call it, every breaking of bread, celebrate the Passover, Jesus' substitutional death & His resurrection!

c.      Why?  Because it is ONLY through His atoning sacrifice that we have a New Covenant, which Jesus told us was purchased with His blood, which was poured out for the remission of sins; and His body, which was broken for you and me, on PASSOVER.


CONCLUSION
So, TODAY, Passover, Easter, resurrection Sunday, whatever we call it, was, is and always will be a celebration of the Salvation and redemption of God's people!

Let us celebrate PASSOVER today!  Resurrection Sunday!

Feast with family and friends, give thanks, accept the New Covenant with God the Father, through Jesus Christ, and HONOR the Lord, by LIVING the Great Commission of Jesus Christ!

If you have never taken the opportunity to accept this New Covenant in Christ, then you will be judged by the Old covenant and found guilty.

Accepting the New Covenant in Christ is simple.

Accept Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the debt of sin, the requirements of the Old Covenant.

Believe that this payment for your debt through His substitutional atoning death on the cross was acceptable by God as payment, because God raised Christ from the dead as the First Fruits.

Confess your sin, and repent, turn away from it, accepting Jesus as your Lord, serve Him.

And your sins will be forgiven, and Christ, through the Holy Spirit will begin a new work in you, and you will become a NEW creation!

The Old will pass away, and you will be counted among the children of God.

Amen!

CONCLUSION – 
Today being the first Sunday of the month is communion.
Remember, these elements in themselves are nothing more than an outward, symbolic expression of a spiritual truth within us.
The eating and drinking of these elements changes nothing, but outwardly expresses our commitment to the Lord, and our willingness to allow Him through His Holy Spirit to begin the work within us.
It is also an opportunity for us to examine ourselves, to have the Lord reveal the things in our lives that may be holding us back from Him, our growth, things that may be causing us to remain in spiritual immaturity.

He is faithful, and willing to change us, but we must submit to Him, His will, and allow Him to do the great work and reveal the wonderful plans He has for us in this life.

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