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Hold fast to the faithful word

Hold fast to the faithful word

We cover the books of Titus, Philemon and James this week. Good practical Christianity! Be blessed as we begin with Paul's letter to Titus.

Titus 1: 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 Saviour;

4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.

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.

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.

Titus 2:Teach Sound Doctrine

1 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 behaviour, 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 Slaves 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 Saviour.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ,

14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Things to think about…

1.We know Paul's focus is on telling the truth with Timothy. The Apostle Paul continues the same message with Titus, Tit 1:1-4 – God's elect are always to come to a knowledge of the truth, vs 1. He is the God who never lies, vs 2. What truth/s in God's word do you struggle to accept?

2.Look at the qualifications for elders – Tit 1:6-9. He says that his children must be believers, but surely this is only achieved by God's grace. The elders children must be submissive and not open to the charge of debauchery, vs 6. These verses have challenged me when we have had some tough challenges with our sons at times. Paul's reasoning for an Elder being able to teach is because there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers, deceivers vs 10. Paul says they need to be silenced – and rebuked sharply, vs 13. When would you consider it appropriate where this needs to be applied? Note that Paul says these are religious people – not necessarily believers – Tit1:16.

3.Paul says to Titus what he said in his letters to Timothy, in Tit 2:1 he says to Titus teach sound doctrine. Look at how this is displayed in a congregation which has sound doctrine, Tit 2:2-10. I thank God that many of these characteristics are on display at CBC. Praise God for His grace over our church.

4.What does Paul mean when he says the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, Tit 2:11? We know not all people are saved – so what does he mean here? We are not saved by our works, but are saved for good works, Tit 2:14. What are these 'good works' in your understanding? Surely they are to display the fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5:22, 23, to die daily to worldly desires and to share the gospel with a lost world.

5.Paul gives Titus the same authority as he gave to Timothy when he was the senior leader at Ephesus, so also with Titus as the senior leader in Crete. Titus was to "exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you." Please pray for me as the senior leader at CBC that I can carry out this instruction with wisdom and grace. Pray for all the ministry leaders that report into the senior pastor that they serve with humility, grace and diligence. Please pray for the Elders that they be given wisdom to speak into my life, that they maintain a godly focus of prayer, praise and grace  at CBC. God is clearly blessing their ministry this year with what we are seeing in our church.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Prayer Points

1.Pray for Tad and his brother Andrew in hospital. Tad has a prostate operation today.

2.Our Community events – once a month on a Sunday in place of the Axiom evening service at church. First one at Chapters on the 23rd Feb – around 4:30pm.

3.Please continue to pray CBC's Mallacoota bushfire appeal. Give thanks for the opportunity we have to serve Cess and his wife Wyonya. You may give now directed in the announcements.

4.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia – especially NSW and Vic.

5.Christine Denning's mum recovering from a broken femur. Pray as she rehabilitates.

6.Ministry planning and events calendar for this year.

7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

8.Sunday's message on James 3 "The power of a spoken word" - Ps Jay. Axiom:- "JOY – Jesus, Others, yourself – really?"- Jay.

9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

10.Church finances to meet our expenses.

11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.More visitors on Sunday – pray as they settle into CBC. Please continue to welcome them and get to know them as you can.

2.New Website being finished this week – Praise God for Melody and Suzie making this happen.

3.Good soaking rains across Australia – especially in NSW over the weekend.

4.Recharge and Kids@Church ministries blessed over the weekend – thankyou leaders. New kids and youth in both ministries.

5.CBC's Mallacoota appeal David Jeffrey of Mallacoota, so far $1870 has been sent and received – thankyou CBC.

6.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

Announcements

1.Whole church - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.

2.1st Community gathering – At Chapters café Karalee 4:30pm Sun 23rd Feb.

3.Members meeting – A celebration of God's grace over CBC – Sun 23rd February after morning service. Open invitation – all welcome.

4.Bushfire appeal – no target has been set but CBC will be raising money towards fireys and bush fire victims. You can donate directly through our "Give" tab on the website http://www.chuwarbaptist.com/give . Label your offering "Bushfire appeal"

5.Kids@Church and Recharge parents. Leaders for next Sunday – Older group Leader:- Catherine Charlesworth. Lesson :- Hot Air Balloon. Younger Group:-. Fi Beatty, Assistant:- Leah Christensen. Lesson:- Journey to Mars Psalm 119:105

6.Recharge youth 7pm at Church, Fri 7th Feb for all High Schoolers. Recharge parent for this week – Lee Davies.

February's catechism question...

Question. 9. Question:- What do we pray for in the second petition?

Answer. "That the gospel may be preached in all of the world, and believed and obeyed by us and all men"

Bible Reference – Matt. 28:19-20; John 17:20-21; Acts 8:12; Acts 28:30-31; 2 Thess. 3:1.



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