June 23, 2019
“They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works (Titus 1:16).”
The Bible is insistent on this point – faith and works must be connected. Sound faith grows from sound doctrine and bears good fruit. It “accords with godliness” (Titus 1:1).
The apostle John wrote:
“Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him (1 John 2:4).”
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (James 2:14).”
Jesus himself said:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15–20).”
This is a major theme of Paul’s letter to Titus and ought to be a matter of highest priority and earnest prayer for us as Christians.
Join us this Sunday as we continue our series Titus: Called to Order in a Disordered World with Titus 1:15-16. Erik Thoennes will be preaching and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Would you read the passage we will be studying and pray for each as they prepare and for all who will be at Grace for each of these services?
See you Sunday. Come hungry!