Archive for December, 2010

Titus 2-3

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

In this second installment in our teaching segment on Titus we continue to see the theme of the book: truth matches with godliness and sound doctrine goes hand in hand with good works.

Titus in chapter 2 is instructed to teach sound doctrine so God subsequently describes both what is to be taught as a part of sound doctrine and what the corresponding action will be to sound doctrine. There is practical learning for every type of Christian person. We then read a most crucial biblical truth: our salvation is not dependent upon our good works, but good works is a response to what God so freely gave us in Christ.

In conclusion, it is important to remember is book is not just Paul writing to Titus, but is God speaking to us.

Verses:
Titus 2:1
II Timothy 4:3
Titus 2:2-3
Revelation 12:10 – devil referred to as the accuser.
Titus 2:4-5
Ephesians 5:21-22
Titus 2:6-7 – “sincerity” is literally in the Greek, “without wax.”
Exodus 25:8-9
Hebrews 8:5
John 1:14
Titus 2:8-15
Jeremiah 1:6-10
Psalm 51:7-8 – bones being broken a shepherding term in which a shepherd would break a wayward lambs leg and care for it while the leg healed. After mending, the lamb would cling close to the shepherd’s side.
Titus 3:1-4
John 3:16
Titus 3:5-15

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Titus 1

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

In this first installment in our teaching segment on Titus we begin to examine an overall theme in the book: truth matches with godliness and sound doctrine goes hand in hand with good works.

Titus was a young minister whom Paul wrote this epistle (letter) to in approximately 63 A.D. while Titus was on the Island of Crete. In it we see Paul’s heart toward Titus, what credentials a church leader must possess and a strong endorsement to be a Bible centric people. Although at times stern, an understanding of Titus 1 is a strong foundation for those who want to serve God in the Church.

Verses:
Titus 1:1-2
John 17:3
Titus 1:3
I Corinthians 1:21 – preaching of Word seems foolish to unbelievers
Titus 1:4-7
I Corinthians 4:1-2 – stewards must be faithful
Titus 1:8-9
II Samuel 23:9-10 – Eleazar: a picture of someone clinging to “The Sword” (also see Ephesians 6:17).
Titus 1:10-15
Romans 16:19 – be wise in good and simple in evil.
Titus 1:16
Matthew 7:1,16 – (”Judge” in Greek: “krinō”)
Mathew 12:46-50 – we want our identification to be a believer.

Text on Reinhold Messner:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2006/11/reinhold-messner/alexander-text

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Acts 4: It is God Who Gives Us Strength

Thursday, December 9th, 2010


In Acts 4, we see God working with Peter and John in the face of hardship. It is an example of God’s deliverance as we stand for Him in the midst of persecution. Christians are certainly not immune to persecution but our God is greater than the persecutor. By studying God’s Word and standing together with other believers, we can continue speaking the Truth even when it is difficult.

Verses:
Acts 4:1-12
John 15:20
II Corinthians 11:23-27
Deuteronomy 4:29
Deuteronomy 6:5
Deuteronomy 30:2
Proverbs 3:5
Acts 4:6
I Timothy 4:6
Job 5:1-2
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Acts 4:12-23
Jude 23
Acts 4:23-32

Additional Reading:
Isaiah 49

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