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The hope of the world!

Scripture reading for December 9th: Titus 1-3

What the world needs is hope!  Hope keeps us moving forward and expecting something good to happen in the near future.  Hope works with faith and love and keeps us in balance spiritually.  Without hope, we often despair and give up or give in to the temptations of this life.  People who have no hope become depressed.   Our God is known as the God of hope!  (Romans 15:13)

Paul’s letter to Titus is a letter of encouragement to a pastor who is his son in the faith.  He entrusted the churches in Crete to his oversight and wrote to instruct him in church order and pastoral ministry.  Some of the instruction concerned the qualifications necessary for church leadership.  Character was of the highest concern and it was to be discerned by relationships in the family and community.  We become quickly known for how we treat others, especially those close to us. (Titus 1:6-8)

One of the main qualifications was a firm grasp on the Gospel message and word of God.  (Titus 1:9)  A pastor’s job was to teach each age group in the church body how to respect others and serve them with godly character.  If a person claims to know God but behaves otherwise, that person is unfit for service to God.  They may be leading others astray and must be soundly rebuked!  (Titus 1:13-15)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14

It is by grace that we are saved and empowered to live a godly life.  God’s gift of the Holy Spirit  enables us have self-control.  Through the Holy Spirit we can know we belong to God and are a part of His family. (Romans 8:15-16)   He has given us a blessed hope–His soon appearing to finish the work that He began in us!

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The Blessed Hope!

Scripture reading for December 9th: Titus 1-3

What the world needs is hope!  Hope keeps us moving forward and expecting something good to happen in the near future.  Hope works with faith and love and keeps us in balance spiritually.  Without hope, we often despair and give up or give in to the temptations of this life.  People who have no hope become depressed.   Our God is known as the God of hope!  (Romans 15:13)

Titus was an overseer of the church in Crete.   Paul gave him basic instruction concerned the qualifications necessary for church leadership.  Character was of the highest concern and it was to be discerned by observation of relationships in the family and community.  A person’s reputation comes from his daily deeds and attitude.  We become quickly known for how we treat others, especially those close to us. (Titus 1:6-8)

One of the main qualifications was a firm grasp on the Gospel message and word of God.  (Titus 1:9)  A pastor’s job is to teach each age group in the church body how to respect others and serve them with godly character.  If a person claims to know God but behaves as if He does not exist, that person is unfit for service to God.  In fact, they may be leading others astray and must be soundly rebuked!  (Titus 1:13-15)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14

It is by grace that we are saved and empowered to live a godly life.  That grace came to us in Jesus Christ, who redeemed us from sin and cleansed us by His own blood.   This made possible the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit to live in us.  We have power to say “No” to sin and temptation.  Through the Holy Spirit we can know we belong to God and are a part of His family. (Romans 8:15-16)  He will soon come again for us!   This blessed hope keeps us moving forward, eagerly working while we await His appearing!

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Heirs of Hope!

Scripture reading for December 10th: Titus 1-3

“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of truth that leads to godliness–a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at His appointed season He brought His word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,” (Titus 1:1-3)

Paul wanted to encourage Titus that true faith based on the truth of Jesus Christ always leads to godliness.  True faith rests on the hope of eternal life.  This “hope” is not some distant and ephemeral dream or an imagination of man’s creation, but a solid promise of God about our future.  God doesn’t lie, He is the Truth!  He originally promised eternal life to Adam and Eve in the Garden.  They could eat of any fruit in the Garden of Eden (delights!) except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Satan lied to them and they believed a lie and death kept them from eternal delight and life!

Because of sin, God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden so that they would not eat of the tree of Life.  (Genesis 3:22-24)  He did give them a promise of a deliverer who would come from their offspring and who would crush the head of the serpent. This “offspring” was none other than Jesus Christ, who defeated Satan and death by offering Himself on our behalf!  This message was given to the followers of Jesus to bring faith leading to godliness because of the hope of eternal life.  This hope causes us to purify ourselves to be ready for Christ’s return!  (Titus 2:11-15)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)  As heirs of the hope of eternal life, we live like it!  Test your walk, would others know that you are expecting Jesus to come for you today?

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The Blessed Hope

Scripture reading for December 9th: Titus 1-3

What the world needs is hope!  Hope keeps us moving forward and expecting something good to happen in the near future.  Hope works with faith and love and keeps us in balance spiritually.  Without hope, we often despair and give up or give in to the temptations of this life.  People who have no hope become depressed.   Our God is known as the God of hope!  (Romans 15:13)

Paul’s letter to Titus is a letter of hope and encouragement to a pastor who is his son in the faith.  He entrusted the churches in Crete to his oversight and wrote to instruct him in church order and pastoral ministry.  Some of the basic instruction concerned the qualifications necessary for church leadership in the elders and deacons that he would appoint.  Character was of the highest concern and it was to be discerned by observation of relationships in the family and community.  A person’s reputation comes from his daily deeds and attitude.  We become quickly known for how we treat others, especially those close to us. (Titus 1:6-8)

One of the main qualifications was a firm grasp on the Gospel message and word of God.  (Titus 1:9)  A pastor’s job is to teach each age group in the church body how to respect others and serve them with godly character.  If a person just claims to know God but behaves as if He does not exist, that person is unfit for service to God.  In fact, they may be leading others astray and must be soundly rebuked!  (Titus 1:13-15)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14

It is by grace that we are saved and empowered to live a godly life.  That grace came to us in Jesus Christ, the Son of God!  He redeemed us from sin and wickedness and cleansed us by His own blood.  God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to live in us helps us have self-control.  We can say “No” to sin and temptation.  Through the Holy Spirit we can know we belong to God and are a part of His family. (Romans 8:15-16)   What a God of hope  and encouragement!  He has given us a blessed hope–His soon appearing to finish the work that He began in us!  This hope keeps us moving forward, eagerly working while we await His appearing!

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