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Discover the Book - Apr. 29, 2008

  • 2008 Apr 29
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Our Mission, Message and Method

 

Women energized by grace love their children. That is what Titus 2:4 says. Before we dive into this passage we need to ask why are we sacrificing time to study God's Word? The answer is that we desire to be a faithful part of Christ's church!

 

You see, today you and I are part of something big, something grand, something that dwarfs all our broken down cars, lost jobs, bad health, work pressures, social problems, or even personal loneliness…today through Jesus Christ, you and I are a part of what God has chosen as His priority in the Universe. We are in partnership with GOD. Think of that. You and I are equity holders in something that will never end, never fail, never decay--we are a vital part of Christ's church!

 

God’s plan to work in the world is through His church. Why not remind yourself of that by looking at three passages of Scripture with me today. In fact you may even want to pencil in these words on the pages of your Bibles.

 

The first word is MISSION.

 

Each of us in Christ's church has a mission that Paul summarized as “Pleasing God” (I Thessalonians 4:1) “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God” (NKJV).

 

The second word is MESSAGE.

 

Our mission is accomplished by the proclamation of a message Paul summarized as “the Gospel of Grace” (Acts 20:24) “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God (NKJV). This message of grace—that God did everything possible to be done and anyone can come to Him merely by faith seems impossible.

 

The third word is METHOD.

 

But the most amazing part is that God’s plan to do all this through us is by a method spelled out in Titus 2. Paul summarized this plan as men and women energized by God’s grace to live in a way that is otherwise impossible.

 

Let’s read Titus 2 backwards together.

 

Titus 2:15-1 (NKJV)

 

15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back,

8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,

6 Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-minded,

5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;

1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:

 

If you want a summary of our lives as believers it would be: We were saved by God’s grace; we are kept by God’s grace; and we live in a way that pleases God and earns His rewards—energized by His grace.

 

God’s plan to work in the world is His church[1]. Christ's church may be described as a group of people, energized by grace, doing the impossible for the glory of God. A key insight into God’s plan to reach the world through Christ's church is in Titus chapter 2.

 

The verses of this chapter contain a call to First Century men and women energized by grace to live an extraordinary spiritual life in a very unspiritual culture.

 

When grace energizes us we want to deny ungodliness in any form we find it cropping up in our lives. When God’s grace energizes us we want to mortify lust in any form in our lives.

 

The Cretan church was saved, bought from the slave market of sin (redeemed), but still had clinging to their lives the garbage of their culture. They had generations of bad habits, false thinking, and warped lives.

 

What was the plan God had in mind to transform these very un-saintly people? The same plan He has for all of us today. Save them by His grace and sanctify them by His Word.

 



[1] Christ's church has a mission that Paul summarized as pleasing God (I Thessalonians 4:1). This mission is accomplished by the proclamation of a message Paul summarized as the gospel of grace (Acts 20:24). The message of grace—that God did everything possible to be done and anyone can come to Him merely by faith seems impossible. But the most amazing part of all that the Lord is doing is His plan to do all this by a method is spelled out in Titus 2:11-14—Paul summarized as energized by God’s grace to live in a way that is otherwise impossible.

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