From Pastor Perry

Titus 2:1–10 (ESV)
Teach Sound Doctrine
2 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9 Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Ok, so I’m a Christian!  Where does the Bible tell me how I’m to behave?  Well... it’s right here in today’s reading.  Paul addresses how older men and women are to act.  He also tells how younger people are to behave... even bond-servants.  Paul also uses the term “doctrine” twice.  Many churches today say we don’t care about doctrine, yet Paul is saying to pay attention to doctrine.  Doctrine is defined as “The teachings, principles, or tenets held and spread by a group.  Jesus was more than all about “Love.”  He spent a lot of time teaching the people.  Our behavior should reflect the teachings of Christ.

I pray: O Lord, I know that you are the definition of Love, but help us to live by your teachings as well.  Help our lives be a living witness to your teachings.  Amen.

Titus 1:10–16 (ESV)
Qualifications for Elder
10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

Step by step, Paul outlines the requirements for those who wish to lead as stewards of God’s Church. Then he turns his focus to the false teachers, who do not measure up in understanding or teaching the truth, in their corrosive behavior, or in their motives. As living, active members of God’s Church, potential leaders should aspire to know and understand His truth and to serve in the roles He provides. They and their families need to live a godly life that avoids empty talk, deceit, and any teaching that turns away from God’s truth. Purity is a tall order, though, and we cannot make ourselves pure. Yet God steps into our lives and purifies us by His Gospel. Thank God that through Jesus Christ, He makes us pure and leads us through His trustworthy Word!

I pray: O Jesus, purify me with Your righteousness so that I may lead in my family and serve faithfully among Your people. Amen.

Titus 1:5–9 (ESV)                
Qualifications for Elders
5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

Paul uses the term “elders” which is actually what we refer today as pastors.  The term elders and overseer are both used for the same church office or position.  I think it is important for all pastors to sit down and read through this list.  It is maybe even more important for the congregation to review this list when choosing a pastor.  These are guidelines that Paul gives us.  In today’s world, many churches call women to serve as pastors.  I am sympathetic to this cause, but I must yield to God’s Word.  Notice that in both Titus 1:6 and 1 Timothy 3:2, they both state “the husband of one wife.”  This does fall under the definition of a one man/one woman marriage.  It does not say anything about a woman being called, but that the pastor is to be the husband of one wife.  I’m not going to dwell on this issue, but it is stated twice in the New Testament.  Let’s look at the other traits: above reproach, children are believers with good behavior, not arrogant, not a drunkard, not violent, or greedy.  He must be hospitable, lover of good, self controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.  He also needs to be well grounded in the Word.  Not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk.  With that said, ALL people need to be forgivers, for we all fall short... including pastors.

I pray: O Lord, I pray for pastors to not be lead astray.  Help them to fight the good fight and to keep focused on Your will.  Help us all to live a life of forgiveness.  Thank you God, for forgiving me of all my sins.  Help me to forgive others.  Amen.

Titus 1:1–4 (ESV)
Greeting
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began 3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

The greeting tells us several things.  It tells us Paul wrote it.  It is written to Titus, Paul’s friend and companion, who is in the ministry.  And it’s purpose is for the “sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life.”  There is a gem of a verse in this passage that I love and use all the time: “God, who never lies.”  I love this verse, because God is the author of Truth, whereas Satan is the Father of all lies.  Truth is found in God!  He does not deceive or lead you astray.  I often use this verse in reference to Scripture that people want to not believe... for instance... Genesis 1-11.  People want to throw out the beginning of the Bible, yet the Bible is the Inspired Word of God.  If he will lie to you about the beginning, then he will lie to you about your salvation.  The same goes for abortion, homosexuality, and in today’s news... gay marriage.  The Supreme Court just plowed over God’s Word.  This is not a good sign.  But the government has been plowing over God’s Word a lot.

I pray: O Lord, you are the Truth.  Help us to focus our eyes on the Truth, and to not be swayed by the government and the ways of the world. Help us to dig deeper into your word and let your Word be our guide.  Forgive us and use us in carrying out your will.  Amen.

2 Timothy 4:19-22
Final Greetings
19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. 21 Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.
22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

In closing, Paul asks Timothy to greet the other Christians at Ephesus, whom Paul had earlier grown to love. There is no Christian who lives to himself or herself alone. We are a family, joined together in Christ! Timothy faces a difficult task, but he does not face it alone. Other Christians in the Body of Christ will shoulder the load with him. God has likewise given fellow Christians to us, whom we will find gathered with us in worship. Partaking of the Word and the Sacraments in the communion of saints, our gracious heavenly Father will lighten our loads and lift our burdens.

I pray: O Lord, thank you for my fellow Christians whom I name before You in my prayers. Amen.

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