Lesson 8

This week we began our study of Titus 2. The church is called both the body and the bride of Christ. The theme of the church’s witness to the world is mentioned in 2:5, “so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” Then Paul focuses on five groups in the church: older men (2:2); older women (2:3); younger women (2:4-5); younger men, with special application to Titus (2:6-8); and, slaves (2:9-10).

Paul always wed sound doctrine with the practical Christian living that flows out of it. “To have doctrine without practice is dead orthodoxy. To have practice without the foundation of sound doctrine is just human moralism. ” (Steven J. Cole, Bible.org) Knowing who God is and who we are, and knowing God’s way of salvation as taught in the Bible, provide the proper basis for holy living.

Paul lists characteristics of older men, and their role in the church. Then he moves to older women and teaches that they should teach younger women. They are to be examples of godliness, helping younger women in their roles as wives and mothers.

Jana Henry joined us to explain our new discipleship groups which will begin in 2019. Various days and times are offered, groups of six to eight will meet once a month. This is different than our bible studies, and will be more relational focusing on our place as members of our church family. They will read a chapter a month of Susan Hunt’s “Spiritual Mothering”, using that as a jump off for discussion and friendship building. Sign up is online.

As promised, here is the link to a wonderful article by Scott Slayton, What are the Marks of Genuine Friendship?

Lesson 7

Crete

We moved into Titus, getting the background and reading the first chapter. Titus, like Timothy, was a young man, dearly loved by Paul and appointed to pastor the church in Crete. When Paul left Antioch for Jerusalem to discuss the gospel of grace (Acts 15:1f) with the leaders there, he took Titus (a Gentile) with him (Gal 2:1-3) as an example of one accepted by grace without circumcision.   The overriding theme of the epistle is:

To be God’s people in a pagan world, we who are saved

by God’s grace must engage in good deeds

under the authority of the local church.

Chapter 1 deals with the need for godly church leaders, especially their role in refuting false teachers. Chapter 2 stresses the importance of various groups in the church practicing good deeds in their daily lives as a result of salvation. Chapter 3 focuses on the church’s godly behavior in the world as a result of God’s grace. (Ligon Duncan)

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The Pastoral Letters, lesson 5

 

 

Remembering Ephesus | Lucy Dickens 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1 Timothy, chapter 5, Paul has two main themes. First, he instructs Timothy how widows are to be treated. John MacArthur gives us an understanding of the Greek word “widow”.

The English word widow describes a woman whose husband is dead. The Greek word chēra (“widow”) includes that meaning, but is not limited to it. It is an adjective used as a noun, and means “bereft,” “robbed,” “having suffered loss,” or “left alone.” The word does not speak of how a woman was left alone, it merely describes the situation. It is broad enough to encompass those who lost their husbands through death, desertion, divorce, or imprisonment. It could even encompass those cases where a polygamist came to Christ and sent away his extra wives (William Barclay, The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon [Philadelphia: Westminster, 1975], 105).3

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The Pastoral Letters, Lesson 4

As we continue in our study of 1 Timothy, we are constantly reminded of the great privilege of being part of a church family, especially a local church family. Paul shows us how God has provided for us, with leaders who are tested, who are required to be of good character, not perfect, but those who put service first. 

In chapter 4 Paul warns not to be surprised by false members and false teachers. There will be many who will profess belief, but will fall away, not because they lose their salvation, but because they were never believers in the first place. John explains this in his first letter.

 

1Jn 2:19  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

In this chapter Paul is warning about a particular type of heresy which would forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods, something that is not consistent with scripture. He directs to Timothy and to all ministers: six things that have something to say to all of us. Continue reading “The Pastoral Letters, Lesson 4”