by Jim Perdue

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The Danger of Division (8 of 9)
Series: Growing a Healthy Church
Jim Perdue
Titus 3:9-11

Tonight, we continue our series entitled, Growing a Healthy Church. This New Testament book reminds us what it means to be the church that God intended us to be. We don't find the plan in church growth books or the latest, greatest technologies. We find it in the Bible.

And we find it right here in the book of Titus. 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.

And the truth is, as church leaders we know to expect the dangers from without; and we are typically prepared to handle those dangers. To be honest, it's the dangers that are within the church that hurt the most. It hurts the leader/pastor, it hurts the members, and it hurts the church.

There are great dangers that come from division within the church. This is why God places such a priority on unity among His people. Tonight, we'll read Titus 3:9-11. And in this text, Paul provides Titus The Danger of Division. READ TEXT

*In U.S. Navel Institute Proceedings, the magazine of the Naval Institute, Frank Koch illustrates the importance of obeying the Laws of the Lighthouse. Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing reported, ''Light, beari ...

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