We have been looking recently at Paul’s letter to Titus in The Crowded House Sheffield. I want to share some thoughts on the relevance of Titus to missional church and church planting.
In Titus Paul gives us a vision, a vision that leads to a wonderful life, a life that touches people in small but decisive ways.
Look at 1:1: ‘Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness’. Paul has been called by God for God’s people. And his job is to give a vision of the truth, the truth that will lead to a life of godliness, to a wonderful life. What is that truth? Look at verses 2-3. It is ‘the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour.’
Or look at 2:10: ‘… in every way they will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive.’ This is an attractive life, an attracting life, a life that attracts people to God our Saviour, a wonderful life. What is it that creates this wonderful life? Look at 2:11-14. Or look at 3:8: ‘I want you to stress these things [i.e. the gospel], so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.’ We are to give people a vision of the gospel that creates a life of good works, an excellent life, a profitable life, a wonderful life.
More of that in future posts. For now let’s highlight Paul’s key aim: to further people’s ‘knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness’. The goal is godliness, a life of good works, a wonderful life, an attractive life. And the means is the truth, the hope of eternal life, the appearing of God’s grace, the gospel.
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