HOW CAN YOU RECOGNIZE WHOLESOME TEACHING?

This week we focus on the study of Titus chapter two. The purpose of this letter was to advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.”–Titus 2 : 1 (NLT) 
Notice the emphasis on “wholesome teaching” in Paul’s instructions to Titus. This is the content of our faith. But how can you recognize wholesome teaching? When teaching is sound, it combines correct knowledge and understanding with consistent practice. It must be found in the Bible, keep Jesus Christ central, result in consistently good behavior and actions, and promote spiritual health in ourselves and others.

Believers must be grounded in the truths of the Bible so they won’t be swayed by the powerful oratory of false teachers, the possible devastation of tragic circumstances, or the pull of emotions. Those responsible for preaching and teaching must challenge people to understand sound doctrine. Learn the Bible, study theory, apply biblical principles, and live what you learn. 

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WHAT DO PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT GOD BY WATCHING YOUR LIFE?

This week we focus on the study of Titus chapter one. The purpose of this letter was to advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.”–Titus 1 : 16 (NLT) 
Many people claim to know God. How can we know If they really do? We will not know for certain in this life, but a glance at their lifestyles will quickly tell us what they value and whether they have ordered their lives around Kingdom priorities.

Our conduct speaks volumes about what we believe- “If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1 John 2: 4-6)

What do people know about God and about your faith by watching your life?  
 

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EVERYTHING IS PURE TO THOSE WHOSE HEARTS ARE PURE

EVERYTHING IS PURE TO THOSE WHOSE HEARTS ARE PURE


This week we focus on the study of Titus chapter one. The purpose of this letter was to advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted.”–Titus 1 : 15(NLT) 

Some people see good around them, while others see nothing but evil. What is the difference? Our souls become filters through which we perceive goodness or evil. The pure (those who have Christ in control of their lives) learn to see goodness and purity even in this evil world.
 
But corrupt and unbelieving people find evil in everything because their evil minds and hearts color even the good they see and hear. Whatever you choose to fill your mind with will affect the way you think and act. Turn your thoughts to God and His Word, and you will discover more and more goodness, even in this evil world. A mind filled with good has little room for what is evil.  

LOOK OUT FOR FALSE TEACHERS

This week we focus on the study of Titus chapter one. The purpose of this letter was to advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money.”–Titus 1: 10-11 (NLT)
 
We are to be on the lookout for people who teach wrong doctrines and lead others into error. Some false teachers are simply confused. They speak their misguided opinions without checking them against the Bible. Others have evil motives: They pretend to be Christians only because they can get more money, additional business, or a feeling of power from being a leader in the church. Jesus and the apostles repeatedly warned against false teachers because their teachings attack the foundations of truth and integrity upon which the Christian faith is built.

You can recognize false teachers because they will:
Focus more attention on themselves than on ChristAsk you to do something that will compromise or dilute your faiths-emphasize the divine nature of Christ or the inspiration of the BibleUrge believers to make decisions based more on human judgement than on prayer and biblical guidelines.

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LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH

This week we focus on the study of Titus chapter one. The purpose of this letter was to advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “…complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. A church leader is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money.“–Titus 1 : 5-7 (NLT) 

Paul had appointed elders in various churches during his journeys. He could not stay in each church, but he knew that these new churches needed strong spiritual leadership. The men chosen were to lead the churches by teaching sound doctrine, helping believers mature spiritually, and equipping them to live for Jesus Christ despite opposition.

Paul briefly describes some qualifications that the elders should have. Paul had given Timothy a similar set of instructions for the church in Ephesus. Notice that most of the qualifications involve character, not knowledge or  skill. A person’s lifestyle and relationships provide a window into his or her character. Consider these qualifications as you evaluate a person for a position of leadership in your church. It is important to have leaders who can effectively preach God’s word; it is even more important to have those who can live out God’s word and be examples for others to follow.

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WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE?

This week we focus on the study of Titus Chapter one. The purpose of this letter was to advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives.“–Titus 1 : 1 (NLT) 

Paul calls himself “a slave of God”-that is , one who was committed to obeying God. This obedience led Paul to spend his life telling others about Christ. He also calls himself  “an apostle.” Even though Paul was not one of the original 12, he was specially called by God to bring the Good News to the Gentiles. The word “apostle” means “messenger or missionary.” “Those God has chosen” refers to God’s choice of His people, the Church. 

In one short phrase , Paul gives insight into his reason for living. The process begins with the proclamation of faith, continues with knowledge of the truth, which is then shown by people living godly lives. Paul wanted men and women to be mature in Jesus Christ. This was his ultimate objective by which he evaluated all he did.

How will your church evaluate its ultimate objectives? What specific goals, ministries, and service opportunities bring believers to faith, spiritual maturity, and godly living? Do established members reflect good Christian conduct and desire for Christian service? How do you describe your purpose in life? To what are you devoted? Are you willing to share your faith, teach the truth, and live for all to see?

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THE CHANGING BATTLE OF FAITH

Let us end the week with a devotional from In Touch Ministries. You can access at https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions. Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.“–James 1: 2-4 (NLT) 

Have you ever felt as if your Christian life swings back and forth like a pendulum between faith and doubt? This is a fairly common problem, especially in trying situations. Although you know what God’s Word says, your feelings may tell you something different. The question is not if we’ll experience this, but when—and how long we’ll remain on one side or the other. Three factors can influence whether we lean toward faith or doubt: the state of our faith at the time of the trial; our knowledge and understanding of God; and our experience with failure or success in past trials. To grow in faith, it is important that we …• Trust in God’s divine nature and wisdom.
• View difficulties from a scriptural perspective.
• Set our mind on God’s promises.
• Reflect on the Lord’s past faithfulness, both in Scripture and personal experience. We can stabilize our faith by choosing to trust God rather than circumstances or human wisdom. Our perspective of the world is limited and unreliable, but the truth of Scripture stands firm. You can know with certainty that the Lord is faithful and will see you through every situation.

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SOURCE: IN TOUCH MINISTRIES

PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS CLEARLY

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter four. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.“–Colossians 4 : 3-6 (NLT) 

The “mysterious plan” is Christ’s Good News of salvation. The whole focus of Paul’s life was to tell others about Christ, explaining and preaching His wonderful mystery.

Paul asked for prayer that he could proclaim the Good News about Christ clearly, and we can request prayer to do the same. No matter what approach to evangelism we use, whether emphasizing lifestyle and example or whether building relationships, we should never obscure the message of the Good News.

We should be wise in our contacts with non-believers, making the most of our opportunities to tell them the Good News of salvation. What opportunities do you have? When we tell about Christ, it is important always to be gracious in what we say. No matter how much sense the message makes, we lose our effectiveness if we are not courteous. Just as we like to be respected, we must respect others if we want them to listen to what we have to say. 

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AN ENCOURAGEMENT FOR PRAYER

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter four. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.“–Colossians 4 : 2 (NLT) 

Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul says we should “devote” ourselves to prayer and be “alert” in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God answers our prayers.

Faith shouldn’t die if the answer comes slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working His will in our life. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering—maybe not in ways you had hoped, but in ways that He knows are best.   
 

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RESPONSIBILITY AND INTEGRITY AT THE WORKPLACE

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter four. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.” –Colossians 4 : 1 (NLT) 

Slave owners were to provide what was just and fair. Similarly today, employers should pay fair wages and treat their employees justly. Paul’s instructions encourage responsibility and integrity on the job. Christian employees should do their jobs as if Jesus Christ were their supervisor. And Christian employers should treat their employees fairly and with respect.

Can you be trusted to do your best, even when the boss is not around? Do you work hard and with enthusiasm? Do you treat your employees as people, not machines? Employers should pay fair wages and treat their employees justly. Leaders should take care of their volunteers and not abuse them. If you have responsibility over others, make sure you do what is just and fair.

Remember that no matter whom you work for, and no matter who works for you, the One you ultimately should want to please is your Father in Heaven. You are accountable to Him. 

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