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Final Thoughts from Paul (9 of 9)
Series: Growing a Healthy Church
I've been preaching through the book of Titus on Wednesday nights for some time now. We've been in a series entitled Growing a Healthy Church. Paul wrote this letter to his friend and protégé, Titus, to teach him, train him, and encourage him.
Paul's instruction to Titus provides wonderful instruction and encouragement to us today as well. We have certainly learned a lot as we have studied this book.
In chapter one we learned the requirements and qualifications of pastors. We also saw the role and function of pastors. In chapter two we saw the qualities of a strong church and the importance of proper doctrine. Also in chapter two Paul reminded us of the amazing and incredible grace of God. Chapter three picks up the same theme of grace but takes it one step further and encourages us to act on that grace by living in harmony and avoiding dissension within the church.
Now, Paul comes to his conclusion and offers some final thoughts. These are not random collections of thoughts that simply pass through his head. They are connected to the theme, purpose, and intent of this book. READ TEXT
*According to Tim Franklin in the Chicago Tribune, in the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, the U.S. women's softball team lost only one game, and it was a game they should have won. Here's why. In the fifth inning, with the score tied 0-0, U.S. player Dani Tyler clubbed a home run over the fence. She took her home run trot around the bases, and when she reached home, amid the excitement and congratulations and high-fives from her teammates, she failed to tag home plate. When she reached the dugout, the opposing team of Australians tagged home, and the umpire at first base agreed that she had stepped right over the plate. Tyler had to return to third base, where she was stranded. The score remained 0-0 until the end of regulation play. The U.S. scored a run in the top half ...
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