According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary, an Apostle is someone who was personally sent out by Jesus to do the following things:
1) Work miracles
2) Write Scripture
3) Lay a foundation for the church
The dictionary goes on to point out that every book of the New Testament was written by an Apostle or a close associate of one. Everything we need to know about the church has been given to us in their writings. Ephesians 2:20 says that the church has been built “on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone.” What this means is that we do not have to turn to the latest ideas and gimmicks to figure out how to be a church. We do not have to change everything we are doing every time a new fad comes along, because God’s plans for us have always remained the same. They are clearly laid out for us in Scripture and all we have to do is follow them. This is why the Book of Titus is so helpful.
Titus tells us how to organize the church. It tells us how to “set it in order” (Titus 1:5) in a way that pleases the Lord. The Bible is timeless so the principles in the Book of Titus are timeless. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and so are the words that He has written in this Book. It has been said that, if you pour a foundation correctly the first time, you do not have to pour it again and Jesus did that with the church. His apostles gave us a firm foundation to stand on and now it is our job to simply stand on it. It is our job to open up the Bible and do what it says, which is what we will be doing again this week in Titus 1.
If you would like to join us, we meet on Sunday morning at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack and our service starts 9:30. Come stand with us on the Word of God and learn what the Lord expects of His church. We would love to see you there! – Jeremy Cagle