Over the years I have had the privilege of teaching through the books of I and II Timothy and Titus in the scriptures five times: Twice at the Prairie Green Church of Christ (once as a morning sermon series and later as a Sunday night Bible study) and three times in Mexico as part of the Bible Institute led by Antonio Gomez. These books are written as instructions by Paul to his proteges Timothy and Titus and to the churches in Ephesus and Crete who were “listening in” on these letters. They are full of great instruction for evangelists, a.k.a. Gospel preachers like me. Over and over we’re called teach, exhort, correct, and teach some more. Sometimes Paul even goes into detail about what we should be teaching the people. Today I was rereading these letters and saw this:
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people” (Titus 3:1-8).
He told me to remind you, so consider yourself reminded. :-)
Pray For Me,