Several years ago, an interesting caricature was printed in a Baptist journal. To get a laugh out of its readers, the journal said:
You might be a Baptist if:
1) You think you will have to take a covered dish to heaven.
2) You feel guilty about throwing your bulletins away after the service.
3) You think the Epistles are the wives of the Apostles.
4) When you were little, you were afraid of the deacons.
5) You complain that your pastor only works one day a week, and then he works too long.
While each of these points would require further explanation, it might help to talk about that last one. What do pastors do? Most people work five days a week and they get the weekends off but pastors do something different. They work on the weekends and take their "weekend" at some point during the week. So what do they do while they are at work? What does their job entail exactly?
In his opening verses to the Book of Titus, the Apostle Paul answers that question when he says that a pastor should be a slave of God (1:1), a champion of the faith (1:1), a promoter of godliness (1:1), a giver of hope (1:2), a teacher of God’s Word (1:2-3), and a preacher of the Gospel (1:3). As he begins this interesting Letter to Titus (a pastor), he lays out his job description this way. He says that this is what Titus should do on Sundays and throughout the week. He should focus on these important things.
And we would like to focus our attention on them as well this week at Grace Fellowship Church by studying Titus 1:1-3 together. While this passage is focused on pastors and their job description, there are important lessons in here for us all. There are principles that apply to all of us. And, if you would like to learn what those are, we meet at 9:30 at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Bring your Bibles and a hungry heart, and we would love to see you there. Also, if you would like to bring a covered dish with you, that would be encouraged since we are having a Soup Sunday afterwards. You can also throw your bulletins away when the service is done. We won't make you feel guilty about that. We promise! – Jeremy Cagle