by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 8 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Identifying God's People
Series: God's Very Own People
Stuart Briscoe
Titus 1:1-4

Paul left Titus in Crete to "straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town." But behind this human activity, the Lord Jesus was at work "purify(ing) for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good" (Titus 2:14). All human ministry must incorporate this perspective.

I. The Calling of the People of God.

A. God's elect. v. 1
1. God chose Israel as His people. Deuteronomy 4:37; 7:7; 14:2
a. To demonstrate community.
b. To show His sovereignty, e.g. Exodus.
c. To exhibit His grace, e.g. Manna.
d. To identify His solemnity, e.g. Exile.

2. God chose Christ as His Stone.
a. Cornerstone. 1 Peter 2:4 6
b. Capstone. 1 Peter 2:7
c. Stumbling stone. 1 Peter 2:8

3. God chose those "in Christ" to be the church, His people.
a. That we might "be" to His glory. Ephesians 1:12


Part 2: Overseeing God's People
Series: God's Very Own People
Stuart Briscoe
Titus 1:5-9

As a result of the itinerant ministry of Paul, numerous churches came into existence throughout Crete. But after his departure the churches needed adequate leadership. Titus' responsibility was to provide this through the appointment of suitable elders.

I. The Elders' Office.

A. "Presbuteros." v. 5
1. LXX 1 Samuel 2:22 - "old man, bearded one."
2. LXX Exodus 24:1 - leaders in the wilderness.
3. LXX 1 Samuel 16:4 - governors of cities.
4. Sadducean members of the Sanhedrin.
5. Governors of the synagogue.
6. Leaders of the Christian churches. Acts 14:23

B. "Episkopos" v. 7
1. Gk. mythology - a god who watches over a country.
2. Gk. Govt. administrators of dependent states.
3. LXX Nehemiah 11:9 - "chief officer" in restored Jerusalem.
4. One who 'watches over' a Christian community.

II. The Elders' Ordination.

A. General qualifications.

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