Learning to adorn the doctrine or teachings of God is to read and study His word so that we may learn what is pleasing to Him. When we study we show ourselves approved unto God which brings glory and honor to His great name. Through prayer and study, we ask God how we are to act and behave in this world and in the body of Christ.
- Totally committed
- Sold out
- On Fire
- Fervently devoted
- Single-minded allegiance
- Enthusiastically devoted
In Titus chapter 1 we met the apostle Paul. He boldly announced, with great authority, his calling, and choosing by God to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. After much teaching in chapters 1 and 2, Paul ends Titus 2 with the teaching of the work of Jesus Christ. In chapter 3 he expounds even more on that same work, “The Gospel.” Without Jesus Christ, we would have no need of all the instruction that has been given by the apostle Paul.
Before I started to pen this writing. I went downstairs to change a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer and put in another load. While downstairs I thought to myself… hum… I need some chocolate.
Ok! I did not need it I wanted it:) So I grabbed myself a Skinny Cow Chocolate Caramel bar and headed back upstairs.
Do you remember when you were younger and you were getting ready to go out with your family maybe to dinner at a friends house or to a play…and your parents would say to you, “now ___________ insert your name. I want you to be on your best behavior.” I have said that many times to my own children.
In my post on God’s Description of a Godly Woman described in Titus 2. We touched very briefly on male headship. I want to write a post today that goes deeper into this subject. I believe male headship and the subject of submission are greatly misunderstood and twisted, mainly by those who are of this world. But it is also, I am afraid, not modeled and taught in many churches. Feminism has walked right in the front door of the church and has appeared as something good.
I am so grateful for the godly women that God has placed in my life. They have been an encouragement and great support as I have grown in my walk with the Lord. Now, I find myself stepping into that same role. There are some of you who are fulfilling this role as we speak. Praise God for you! There are those of us who have watched and learned from you and it is our turn to step up. Like me, you may have many questions running through your mind. Such as… What does my role look like?
Do you ever find yourself asking, God how do I behave in such a way that will bring glory and honor to you? God, how do I behave that will encourage and strengthen those who I worship within my church congregation? God, is my behavior conformed to your truths and not my own? I know I ask these questions quite often. The second chapter of Titus gives us a list of godly behavior that we are to model inside our church walls and outside of those walls.
We are in our third day of Titus chapter 1. Today we will be looking at the qualifications of an Elder or pastor. We will be asking questions of the text such as,what are the qualifications of our pastor or elder, who decided the qualifications or characteristics of this position? Why are they important to the life of the church? Why does it matter that I know this?
When we study any scripture, any book of the Bible, our main objective is to look at what the text says concerning the Trinity:”Father/God, The Son/Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit” We ask questions of the text such as: What does this verse tell me about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? What are His characteristics, or His attributes?
Paul begins this letter much like he begins all the letters that have been written for our encouragement and instruction. He refers to himself as an apostle of Jesus Christ and a bond-servant of God. Paul boldly proclaims that he was entrusted with the proclamation of the gospel for the faith of those chosen of God.