Sunday, April 29, 2018

Paul's Epistles – Titus – Part 6: Citizenship and Sinners


Paul's Epistles – Titus – Part 6:
Citizenship and Sinners
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
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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
Teaching Young Men and Servants


TODAY’S SERMON
Citizenship and Sinners


SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
Titus 3 (65 AD, written between I Timothy and II Timothy)
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 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,whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. 13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all.

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


I. REMIND THE PEOPLE
a. To be subject to rulers and authorities (Good Citizens)
                                                                 i. To be obedient (not a law breaker)

                                                              ii. To be ready to do “whatever is good”
1. Laws that are against good (Godly things) do not have to be obeyed, but we must take Daniels example

2. Daniel disobeyed the “law” by praying to the true God, doing what was good


3. However, we are to be good citizens and obey laws that are not contrary to God


b. To slander no one
                                                                 i. Slander means the action of making a false statement about someone, damaging to a person’s reputation


c. To be peaceable and considerate
                                                                 i. And always gentle toward everyone


II.      REMIND THEM ALSO
a. At one time we too were foolish
                                                                 i. Disobedient, deceived
                                                              ii. and enslaved by all kinds of passions & pleasures


b. We once lived in malice and envy
                                                                 i. Being hated by one another


c. But when the kindness and love of God our savior appeared
                                                                 i. He saved us
                                                              ii. Not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy

                                                           iii. He saved us! Through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior


                                                            iv. So that, having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs having the hope of eternal life


III.   AND BE SURE TO AVOID CONTROVERSIES
a. And genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the Law
                                                                 i. Because these are unprofitable and useless


b. Warn a divisive (Heretic in KJV; Sectarian in the LIT) person once
                                                                 i. Sectarian means a person creating or causing a sect or sects

1. In other words division, so heretic (one teaching false doctrine) fits as well if the arguments and quarrels are about genealogies or the Law
a. Some believed in salvation by association with father Abraham

b. Some still wanted to teach adherence to the Law in addition to needing Christ

2. So NIV use of “divisive” is more to Paul’s point

                                                              ii. Divisive means causing disagreements, arguments or hostility between people

                                                           iii. Warn them once, and then a second time
                                                            iv. And then, have nothing to do with them


c. You can be sure that such people (those causing division) are warped (subverted - LIT) and sinful
                                                                 i. Subverted in the Literal translation, meaning to undermine the power and authority of an established system

                                                              ii. In other words, by arguing a system of salvation other than Jesus Christ (genealogy or the Law) you undermine the power and authority of Christ, stating He is not sufficient.

                                                           iii. Paul states, “You can be sure that such people (who do this) are warped and sinful, they are self-condemned
1. They condemn themselves




CONCLUSION –  our people (followers of christ) must devote themselves to doing what is good

In order to provide (love in action) for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.

Paul stating that if you are a follower of Christ, then you MUST live that love!  You must provide for those who are preaching and teaching the Gospel so that the Word and Salvation may be taken into the world.

And do not live unproductive lives...we cannot all be missionaries, preachers, teachers, etc...but if we cannot be doers in one way, we can be doers in another, we may not be able to bear arms in this battle, but we can offer ammunition, and this is how we can support ministry, either “do” the ministry of missionary, preaching, teaching, or “do” the providing of needs.

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