After 6 months of study, this week we are coming to our final sermon in the Book of Titus. We have learned a lot of things in this wonderful book. It has been a tremendous study and richly rewarding. Just to mention a few of the lessons we have learned: We have learned that the church is to be led by elders. Titus 1:5 says, “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city.” Paul says that the Biblical model for church leadership is elders. God wants the church to be led by men who are qualified according to the characteristics set forth in 1:5-9.
We have also learned that the church is to be built on sound doctrine. Titus 2:1 says, “But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.” The church is to be built on a theological foundation. It should rest firmly on the Word of God. We have also learned that the church is available to all because salvation is available to all. Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.” Salvation has been brought to “all men” or “all people” as the word indicates. Anyone can join the church because anyone can be saved if they trust in Jesus.
And all of this leads to one more lesson we learn in the Book of Titus, and that is that God wants His church to be fruitful. He wants our lives to change as we sit under the teaching of the Word and the ministry of the church. In his closing remarks in the letter, Paul writes in Titus 3:14: “Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.”
Are you living a fruitful life? Does your life feel productive and rich? If not, please join us this Sunday morning as we talk about that. Join us as we talk about how to live a useful life in Christ. Do you feel like you could be doing more for the Lord but you don’t know how? Do you want to make your life count for eternity but you don’t know where to start? Join us as we talk about that as well. Join us this Sunday morning at 9:30 as we look at the final words in the Book of Titus. We have learned some tremendous things in this book so far but the lessons are not over. The Lord still has one more thing to teach us. So please come to 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack to learn what that is. We look forward to seeing you there! – Jeremy Cagle