Monday, September 28, 2009

The Amazing Gospel in the Book of Titus

Yesterday I had the pleasure of finishing our study through the book of Titus. Paul in his letter to Titus is instructing him on how to shepherd the new churches on the island of Crete. Having only 46 verses this little book packs a big punch. It's like a pocket-sized instruction manual for right living in in the church, right living in society and a guide for how to recognize a man who is qualified to hold the office of elder.
In chapter three, right after being told that we should obey our earthly authorities, Paul pens a most powerful description of the Gospel. Read these words and let them sink into the depths of your soul:

"4 But then God our Savior showed us His kindness and love. 5 He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did. 7 He declared us not guilty because of His great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life." Titus 3:4-7 (NLT)

Any thoughts on how this relates to your life now or in the past?

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