MORE THAN A TRAIL MAP – TITUS PART 1
For the next three weeks we going to dive into the shortest of the Pastoral letters call Titus.
Week 1 MORE THAN A TRAIL MAP Titus 1:2 “The God that cannot lie.”
Week 2 MORE THAN TRAIL MIX – Titus 2 – “it takes a good mix to make a good ministry.”
Week 3 MORE THAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE – Titus 3:8 “be care to maintain”
TITUS – PART 1 – Titus is the shortest of the the three pastoral letters.
The first chapter is to Titus and the last two are to the church at Crete.
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, 4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. – Titus 1:1-4
A TRAIL MAP FOR YOUR LIFE AND PURPOSE.
GOD’S WRITTEN WORD.
The most reliable trail map you can get for your life: The SCRIPTURES .
If you have been trying to navigate life without this trail map, you are at risk!
You know, it really doesn’t matter if you are religious or not, you have to admit that the Bible is the most unique in all of history.
One estimate suggests there are about 50 Bibles are sold every minute.
That’s a popular trail map. I wonder why?
It has been translated into 2,018 languages.
It’s authorship: The OT consists of 39 books, -the work of at least 30 authors writing over a period of a 1000 years plus. Writers were historians, lawyers, poets, philosophers and prophets.
The NT consists of 27 books; the work of 8 authors, 5 of which were eyewitness Apostles of Jesus and 3 were associates of those Apostles.
Some really great minds
Yet, despite being written over a combined period of 1600 years, over 40 authors from different backgrounds, cultures, personalities and abilities, there is striking continuity between the OT and NT ….ONE MAIN STREAM OF THOUGHT IS THIS:
GOD LOVES US, SUPPORTS US, WANTS TO DEVELOP US WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH US!
You can trust God’s Trail map because:
1. HE DOES NOT AND CANNOT LIE.
vs. 2 “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”
2. YOU WON’T GET LOST WITH HIM.
Jesus speaks to us about three kinds of “lostness” in Luke 15
The Parable of the Lost Sheep. – (gradual)
The Parable of the Lost Coin. – (neglectful)
The Parable of the Lost Son. – (intentional)
John 9:25 “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
3. THE VIEW IS SPECTACULAR.
God uses uncertainty to chase us out into the open where we can find Him all over again.
Romans 12:1-2 – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2 Timothy 4:1,2 – in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season;
Romans 8:31 – In view of all this, what can we say? If God is for us, who can be against us?
2 Peter 1:5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrew 4:12
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path – Psalm 119:105
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1&14