June 2, 2019
“This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order”
This Sunday we will begin our summer series in the book of Titus. Normally we begin our book series by devoting an entire Sunday as a reading service, in order to read through the entire book in one sitting. Since it takes about 7 minutes to read this short epistle, we will also be diving into our first sermon this week!
Paul wrote this letter to a co-worker named Titus with clear instructions – to bring order to the churches that had been planted in Crete. In light of the prevailing culture and worldview of Cretans, this would be no small task. The God of the Bible is nothing like the gods of Crete and so it’s no surprise that the gospel culture of God’s people ought to stand in sharp contrast to the surrounding community.
This letter is one of Paul’s three Pastoral Epistles (along with 1-2 Timothy) and has a very different structure and tone from his other letters to churches. It’s packed with instructions and urgent in tone. The grace of God is to mark the life and conduct of the people of God.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training usto renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Jackson Randall will be preaching Titus 1:1-4 this week and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare And for all who will be at Grace for each of these services?
See you Sunday. Come hungry!
Link of the Week
The Bible Project has created a wonderful 8 minute flyover of Paul’s letter to Titus along with a short article with some helpful historical background and context. Enjoy!