A pastor’s calling

Screen Shot 2018-04-05 at 12.28.50 PMAs I prepare for our teacher training meeting with our Sunday School teachers this Sunday, I was impressed by the depth and clarity of the lesson that we are going to study and then teach to our classes. This lesson is about the calling of a pastor and the results of a pastor living out his calling. In a specific sense, this lesson is for shepherds. All followers of Jesus Christ have been called to be leaders because we have all been given the Great Commission to “make disciples” of all the nations. Having made the above statement, I would like to clarify the fact that not everyone is a shepherd. God calls and appoints shepherds/pastors in the church to teach/lead/equip the members to make disciples. So, this lesson is profitable for every single person who calls himself or herself a follower of Jesus Christ (Christian, disciple etc.), even though these commands are given specifically to pastors, the pastor is going to use these commands to equip every man, woman, and child in the church to be discipled and to make disciples. Our previous Sunday School lesson was about Agape Love in Action. Continue reading

God’s Sovereignty and Man’s responsibility in holiness

In my previous post, I wrote about God’s Sovereignty and Man’s responsibility in salvation, demonstrating that God saves us based on grace and not merit, but, this does not negate man’s responsibility in salvation. God offers and man has to accept. The transaction of a gift is not complete until the recipient takes the gift from the giver. In the case of our salvation, we looked at God with Abraham, Jesus with His disciples, and Paul with his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus. That article came as a result of a discussion with a Calvinist brother in Christ. This article is the direct result of a continuation of that discussion and this time focusing on man’s responsibility in holiness, or the other Biblical term that is used is “sanctification“. The word holy and sanctified have the same Greek root word and the meaning is to be “set a part”, to be “different” from those around you. God saves people with a purpose, and that purpose is more than just taking them to heaven when they die. The word salvation literally means “rescue”. God rescues us from more than just the fires of hell. He rescues us from our sin nature and as we walk the path of life with the Lord, He sets us a part from the rest of the people in the world by making us more like Him and less like people controlled by their sin nature. That is what holiness means. It does not mean that you dress differently from everyone else, retract from the world, and become weird. It means that you begin to win the battle with your sin nature. The closer you walk with God, the more and more victories you will have over your number 1 enemy, yourself. The further away you get from God, the more you will begin living like the rest of the world, enslaved to the desires of your sin nature. I would like to examine this from Paul’s epistle to Titus. Continue reading

The importance of sound doctrine

I am getting ready to teach the final lesson on the Apostle Paul’s epistle to one of his disciples, Titus. This lesson will focus on the importance of sound doctrine. We live in a day when there is a great famine in our world, especially in the churches, when it comes to teaching and learning sound doctrine. Many have watered down the Word of God so much that It is lost in the church. It seems that very few leaders are actually teaching the full counsel of the Word of God. This is nothing new. During Paul’s day, he had to teach the full counsel of God’s Word because there were so few who were doing it. As Paul instructs Titus via his epistle, he emphasizes the importance of sound doctrine and commands Titus to teach and defend sound doctrine. The question that we want to focus on is, what is sound doctrine? Continue reading

The ungodly in YOUR church

I am sure the title of this lesson got your attention. Good, that was the point. There are some in our modern world today that teach that the church is a hospital for sinners. It sounds like a nice analogy, but . . ., this is not the picture that the Bible paints about the church. Biblically speaking, the church is the gathering of those who are called out from darkness (sinful lifestyles) to light (a new life of righteousness in Jesus Christ). Does this mean that everyone who attends your local church is a genuine follower of Christ? NO!!!

In the previous article, I wrote about God’s description of a believer according to what He inspired the Apostle Paul to write to Titus. Is there a danger to the rest of the church when there are ungodly people in the church? YES!!! God explains why this is dangerous and what needs to be done about the ungodly who have infiltrated the ranks of the local church. Continue reading

Portrait of a believer from Titus

As I am teaching through Paul’s epistle to Titus, it has been eye opening to see the description of the followers of Jesus Christ, those who bear His Name as Christians. I would like to share that here in this article. Because there are so many cultural “Christians” in our world today, it is very difficult to get a grasp on what a genuine Christian looks and acts like. In order to discover the Truth on this subject, we need to turn to the perfect Word of God to find our answer. God’s description of a Christian is what matters, not our own thoughts and ideas. This lesson can be very eye opening to those who are cultural “Christians”. Take a moment to read Titus 1. Continue reading

Practical Discipleship from Paul

I just started teaching a new Bible study the other night. Our study is the Apostle Paul’s epistle to his disciple Titus. By looking at his example, we can learn much about discipleship.

I have noticed, in almost 17 years of ministry, that there are very few church leaders, as well as lay leaders, who are good at making disciples. In fact, from what I have seen, there are few pastors who actually make disciples, in a Biblical sense. I would like to examine Paul, a great leader who discipled many, and see what we can learn about practical discipleship, something that ALL believers are called to do. Continue reading

The difference between the believers and nonbelievers in the church

So, what did you think about the title? I intentionally worded the title the way that I did because this is what Paul is trying to point out to Timothy. Just being in a church does not make you a follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, a great portion of chapter 3 is dedicated to the people who are in the church but do not know God.

Now, before we jump in to the meat of this passage, I want to review what we have already discovered from II Timothy 2.

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Profile of a godly person (Titus 2)

I want to present the profile of a godly person, as described in Paul’s epistle to Titus. These are characteristics that should be present in the life of every Christian person. If they are not present in your life and you claim to be a Christian then you need to do some self searching to see what the problem is.

Paul covers every age of life. Godliness is not just for a certain age group. It is for every person who claims to be a Christian, whether young or old. Here is Titus 2.

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