A Bold Declaration and Bodily Display of Truth
October 24, 2004
INTRODUCTION: Henry Ironside said, "Man will forgive a preacher if he is not eloquent or highly cultured; they will forgive him if he lacks in personal attractiveness, or even in wisdom; but they will never forgive him if he is insincere. He who handles holy things must himself live in the power of them." W.W. Wiersbe said, "A preacher preaches best by his life."
Titus was a beloved disciple of the Apostle Paul. He had served with him on both his second and third missionary journeys. Paul referred to Titus as "a true son in our common faith" (1:4). After ministering with Paul on the Island of Crete, he was left behind to continue and strengthen the work. Crete, one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, was to be Titus' ministry, where he would lead others by his explanation of truth, as well as his emulation of truth.
One of Titus' main task would be that of developing other spiritual leaders. I read recently where 400 leaders were identified in the Bible. Of the 400 leaders, only 80 finished well; that's 20%. Their characteristics were:
Intimacy with God
Faith (trusting God)
Ability to receive counsel
With this in mind, everyone needs a "faithful friend"
Proverbs 27:6, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."
Genuine love will give rebuke in order to manifest the truth. Rebuke can lead to gratitude
Proverbs 28:23, "He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue."
True and faithful friends are willing to wound you in order to help you.
Note the characteristics of an enemy: essentially the flattering lips of a deceiver.
Note the characteristics of a faithful friend:
1. They edify, but don't flatter
Romans 15:2, "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification."
2. They are humble an ...
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