Instructions for Godly Living (6 of 9) by Jim Perdue

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Instructions for Godly Living (6 of 9)
Series: Growing a Healthy Church
Jim Perdue
Titus 3:1-2

Tonight, we continue our series entitled, Growing a Healthy Church. The book of Titus and the Bible as a whole are much more concerned about spiritual health than we seem to be today. We think just because a church is large that it's strong. Or just because a church is big that it's healthy. That's simply not the case.

Paul writes this letter to Titus to encourage him as he leads the churches in Crete. Paul seeks to provide Titus with some encouragement and wisdom as he faces opposition from without and within.

Crete was an extremely wicked island. In fact, even today, if you call someone a Cretan it is meant to be an insult. Titus faced opposition from without. But he also faced opposition from within. He had to find to establish sound doctrine and true teaching. He had to fight against false accusations and insults.

Tonight, we'll read Titus 3:1-2. And in this text, Paul provides Titus Instruction for Godly Living. READ TEXT

*I could divide the room tonight in many different categories. But for the purposes of this message tonight, I'll divide this room up in a very interesting way. There are two types of people here: those who are cautious, calculating and methodical, and those who throw caution to the wind and just do something. If you don't know which one you are, let me give you a little test to figure it out. There are two types of people in the room tonight: those who read the instructions and those who don't. Some of you don't take a part out of the box until you've read the entire manual. Others of you don't take the manual out of the box until you thoroughly exhausted all other options. Can I be honest with you, share my heart and bare my soul? I hate reading instructions! I think that we should come automatically programmed to know how to put things together.*

Well, as much as I hate reading instructions when ''assembly required'' shows ...


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