October 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24
Christians are often pulled in two directions—towards grace/mercy/compassion/acceptance or towards truth/Scripture/doctrine. Which matters more to God? Feeding the poor or teaching about baptism? Ending injustice and sex trafficking or refuting false doctrine? This series, a study of Paul’s letter to a 1st century pastor, proves that God’s answer is “And!”
October 13 - You...and GOD
How does Paul open his letter to his dear friend, Titus? By talking about our hope, our peace, and the eternal life we have in Jesus…and GOD! Every verse of Paul’s introduction contains the name of God, a theme that runs through the entire book (and the entire Bible). In fact, only by focusing on GOD do we experience true hope, peace, and life.
October 20 - Pastors need a holy message...and holy character
Those who lead the church have a high and holy calling. They can bring many people to Jesus or damage those that God loves dearly. Therefore, Paul gives Titus (and us) high standards for their message…and their personal lifestyle.
October 27 - Pastors encourage...and rebuke
Paul cared as much about doctrine as dieticians care about ingredients. What is contained in a person’s belief system will either help or harm. Therefore, Paul pushes us to read the ingredients on someone’s teaching…and rebuke those who deviate from God’s truth.
November 3 - Our choices affect us...and God
Paul clearly lays out various instructions for the Christian Church, which shape the way we treat one another in the family of God…and reflect on the name of God and the attractiveness of his Word to the outside world.
November 10 - Live a godly life...and remember how change happens
Every Christian needs to do what God wants. Obey his will. Follow commands. Pursue his plan for our lives…AND…we need to know how to do it. What teaches us to follow God’s will? What inspires us to want to obey his commands? What enables us to say yes to God and no to sin?
November 17 - We are saved from sin...and for good works
How can you be honest about the messiness of your past without losing joy in your present? How can you face the challenges of your future without giving into fear in the moment? The answer is simple—remember to include AND.
November 24 - We love God's Word...and the people God made
What do you do with people? In a world where some people pull you away from God and others encourage you towards him, how do you determine which people to allow into your life? Paul’s wisdom is as needed as ever, wisdom that focus us to think of the best “and.”