Rob Elphick
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Paul draws attention to concepts that will be important in the letter: e.g. one's identity as a servant of God
Titus 1:1-4
One thing, two things: forgetting what's behind, and straining for what is ahead, for the full and final experience of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-4:1
Paul disciplined himself to treasure the gospel that he would share in it. The exodus fathers provided examples of turning from God.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
We now look to Him who has made us whole, and become more like Him. We are invited into the wholeness of which David speaks.
Psalms 15:1-5
Love is shown through diligence in managing your own affairs.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
Hebrews 3:1-6
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Titus 3:9-11
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
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Published May 29th, 2016
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Titus must ensure the people understand the glorious gospel and the hope of eternal life, and how it should impact their attitudes (e.g. compassion, courtesy) and behaviour (e.g. eager for good deeds). These things are excellent and profitable for people ( Titus 3:8 ). By contrast, Paul warns Titus of some real (worthless) time wasters that he and the people should avoid. The gospel is trustworthy and true - invest the time to understand it aright (and help your people do likewise!). Stay clear of the multitude of distractions that will waste your time. And when you will find people who stir up division within the church, deal with it. Be open and swiftly - they also must not become a distraction from the glorious gospel. A person who is agitating for division needs to be warned - maybe their actions are misunderstood - and if it continues they must be warned again. If it still continues, have nothing to do with them. In dealing with this person, all that has been previously said remains true - humility, courtesy, compassion - but no compromise, and no distractions from the glorious gospel. Observation: these two short verses amplify the importance of keeping the gospel centre stage. And of dealing squarely with the divisive person.
Titus 3:9-11
But avoid foolish controversies,
and quarrels
about the law,
for they are unprofitable
and worthless.
As for a person
who stirs up division,
after warning him once
and then twice,
have nothing more to do
with him,
that such a person is warped
and sinful;
he is self- condemned.
The Condition that must be true for anchor phrase to be in effect is that the person who stirs up division must be warned once, and then again. This two-part warning suggests that there is an observation period after the first and second warning.
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