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Fighting for the Truth (3 of 9)
Series: Growing a Healthy Church
Tonight, we continue our series entitled, Growing a Healthy Church. I don't want you to be fooled by our title. We're not the ones who grow a church, God is the only one who grows the church.
But, it's important for us to understand, that as God grows the church, there are some standards and principles that we must follow to ensure that we grow in a healthy manner.
In the first chapter of this book, Paul follows a clear and logical progression. He has established churches on the Island of Crete and he has left Titus behind to put things in order. Part of putting things in order was appointing elders in every town.
If Titus was to do this, he must know the clear qualifications of elders and pastors. So, in the preceding verses, Paul reminded Titus of what a pastor should be, and what a pastor should not be. READ TEXT
Now, in verses 10-16, Paul provides a description of false teachers that intentionally contrasts what the pastor should be. Paul draws a stark difference between a true elder that is appointed by God and one who is a hireling-in it for his own benefit and glory.
And Paul reminds Titus that as a faithful elder, there are some serious responsibilities placed upon your shoulders. One of those important tasks is Fighting for the Truth.
*Fight…seriously? Christians are called to be lovers of peace right? Doesn't Jesus say, ''Blessed are the peacemakers?'' Sure, but the Bible tells us that there are some things worth fighting for. READ 1 Timothy 6:11-12 Fight the good fight of faith. There are some things worthy fighting for…like TRUTH!*
*Let's be honest, we like a good fight anyway right? This is why boxing was so popular at one time and now MMA and UFC have risen in popularity. For whatever reason, we are drawn to the carnage of grown men beating each other senseless. What else could explain the popularity of hockey? People don't really ...
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