Sunday, August 26, 2018

August 26, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Overseers Who Recognize Friend and Foe | Titus 1:10-16


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August 26, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Overseers Who Recognize Friend and Foe | Titus 1:10-16

Overseers Who Recognize Friend and Foe
Titus 1:10-16

We observed in verse 5-9 that the overseers must be of high character in for the protection of themselves, their families and the church. Paul then goes on to describe the highest working characteristic of an oversee. This feature of the overseer’s life is the ability to first, personally know and embrace the message of Christ: “hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught.” The second trait is the ability to teach, encourage and correct those who are under their care:“encourage others by sound doctrine.” And third classification of people are those who oppose the Gospel. The overseers must be ready to identify the enemies of the Gospel and stand against them forcefully. As Paul states: “refute those who oppose it.” In today's text will go on to describe in full detail these enemies of the cross. How we must wonder what the Church of Christ might be like today had these words been held to throughout the centuries.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

July 22, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Looking for the Light | Titus 1:5


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July 22, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Looking for the Light | Titus 1:5

Looking for the Light
Titus 1:5

In this verse, Paul launches into the first purpose of his letter – instruction to Titus for choosing elders and teachers for the new church plants in Crete. As before, we will see that Paul is not going to give Titus a detailed commentary of who are these persons are or what each of the qualifications he presents mean. He is reminding Titus of what to look for in leaders and teachers using this short summary or outline. This is expressly because Titus is well aware of the qualifications for leadership having confronted and taught leaders in Corinth in Paul’s absence there. Today, we will try and discover what Titus might be looking for in the life of leaders and teachers in Crete: the light of Christ in their lives.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 15, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Into the Deep Water: Part Three | Truth, Godliness and a Blessed Hope | Titus 1:1-4


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July 15, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Into the Deep Water: Part Three | Truth, Godliness and a Blessed Hope | Titus 1:1-4

Into the Deep Water: Part Three - Truth, Godliness and a Blessed Hope
Titus 1:1-4

Paul concludes his opening salutation to Titus with the instructive words of truth, godliness and the promise of eternal life. Though he does not go into the detail that he did in his earlier letter to Timothy, Paul presents an outline for his co-laborer Titus. This shows us two very important points: 1st. Titus is an older man than Timothy (possibly closer to Paul’s age) and that was already a seasoned minister of the word and pastoral ministry. 2nd As a result, Paul is giving Titus, within his salutation, an outline of the truths that Titus must focus upon as he interviews and places men and women in oversight and teaching position in the churches in Crete. In Timothy’s case, Paul’s correspondence was a tool to authorize Timothy in his task of correcting elders that Paul had already placed in Ephesus and give him a detailed description of actions and teachings to present. In Titus’ case, Paul’s correspondence was tool to instruct him to set in place overseers and elders in Crete and give him an outline of doctrinal truths, the details of which were already farmiliar to him. These bulltet points were ones which Titus was both familiar with and able to present. The letters of Paul to Timothy and Titus find a new emphasis for us today. Timothy and Titus accomplished their instructions in their militaries. They are in heaven today. Today, by the ongoing inspiration of the Holy Spirit, these letters are written to us today. Let us take them up and bring sound doctrine for correction and sound action for developing the church. These letter are now ours to read and follow.