Do We Admire God’s Messengers? Titus 3:12

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Titus 3:12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.


Phrases:

When I send-

  • Paul was a leader of a missionary team.  There are many other examples of him sending and calling others for the purposes of the Kingdom of God.

Discussion Question:

Can you think of possible reasons why Paul rotated messengers / missionaries from one place to another?

  • See below for various verses of Paul’s laborers being sent to various places for specific reasons.
  • Timothy was sent to the Thessalonians to strengthen, encourage, and learn of their faith. 
  • 1 Thes. 3:2 We sent Timothy, our brother and fellow worker for God in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen you and encourage you about your faith,
  • 1 Thes. 3:16 But now Timothy has come to us from you and given us the good news of your faith and love and that you always think of us with affection and long to see us just as we also long to see you!
  • Timothy sent to Corinth to remind them of Paul’s ways in Christ. 
  • 1 Corinthians 4:17 (NET) 17 For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
  • The brothers were sent as messengers. 
  • 2 Corinthians 8:23 (NET) 23 If there is any question about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; if there is any question about our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ.
  • Sent to make everything known to you.
  • Ephesians 6:21 (NET) 21 Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make everything known to you, so that you too may know about my circumstances, how I am doing.
  • Sent to hear news about you. 
  • Philippians 2:19-25 (NET) 19 Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be encouraged by hearing news about you. 20 For there is no one here like him who will readily demonstrate his deep concern for you. 21 Others are busy with their own concerns, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know his qualifications, that like a son working with his father, he served with me in advancing the gospel. 23 So I hope to send him as soon as I know more about my situation, 24 though I am confident in the Lord that I too will be coming to see you soon. 25 But for now I have considered it necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. For he is my brother, coworker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to me in my need.
  • Sent so they will tell you about everything here. 
  • Colossians 4:9,12 (NET) 9 I sent him with Onesimus, the faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.
  • Sent, not forced.
  • 1 Corinthians 16:12 (NET)
    With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was simply not his intention to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity.

Artemas or Tychicus to you –

a)  Artemas is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. 

  • In 2 Timothy 4:12, Tychicus was sent to Ephesus. Therefore, it is likely that Artimas was sent to Crete. 

b)  See blog post about Tychicus at the following link:

do your best to come to me at Nicopolis –

  • Commentaries do not agree on which Nicopolis this is referring.
  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon
  • Nicopolis meaning “city of victory”
  • There were many cities by this name, — in Armenia, Pontus, Cilicia, Epirus, Thrace — which were generally built or had there name changed, by some conqueror to commemorate a victory. The one in Titus 3:12 seems to refer to the city was built by Augustus in memory of the battle of Actium on a promontory of Epirius. The one in the subscription of Titus seems to refer to Thracian Nicopolis, founded by Trojan on the river Nestus, since he calls it the city of Macedonia.
  • http://biblemapper.com/web/

for I have decided to spend the winter there –

  • It seems winter was a time when sea travel was avoided. Therefore, Titus, being on the island of Crete, needed to travel before winter. 
  • Below are verses about traveling in the winter. 
  • Acts 28:11 (NET) 11 After three months we put out to sea in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins” as its figurehead.
  • 1 Corinthians 16:6 (NET) 6 and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me on my journey, wherever I go.

Discussion Question:

How do seasons influence modern day missions?

Benson’s commentary notes the following observation regarding Paul telling Titus to come to Nicopolis before winter.   “This manner of speaking shows that the apostle was at liberty when he wrote this epistle (Titus), and consequently that it was written in the interval between his first and second imprisonment. ”

The possibility that Paul experienced two Roman imprisonments is not known to many Christians.  Below I have pieced together evidence for the possibility.

Paul’s Two Roman Imprisonments:

1. Paul’s First Roman imprisonment was at least 2 years long mentioned in the book of Acts right before the book abruptly ends. 

Acts 28:16 (NET) 16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Acts 28:20 (NET) 20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.”

Acts 28:30 (NET) 30 Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him,

We have seen that Paul arrived in Rome as a prisoner in the beginning of A.D.61; and at this time his confinement continued only two years, he must have been liberated in the early part of A.D.63. Nero had not then commenced his memorable persecution of the Church; for the burning of the city (Rome) took place in the summer of A.D.64. (William Dool Killen, the ancient church, Paul’s second imprisonment.)

2. Extra-Biblical Evidence that Paul traveled to Spain though there was no record in the book of ACTS.  Also Evidence that Paul planned to go to Spain found in the Book to the Romans.

….there is evidence that he actually preached the gospel in that country; for Clemens Romanus, who was his contemporary and fellow-labourer, positively affirms that he travelled “to the extremity of the west.” (William Dool Killen, the ancient church, Paul’s second imprisonment. )

Romans 15:28 (NET) 
Therefore after I have completed this and have safely delivered this bounty to them (Jerusalem), I will set out for Spain by way of you (Rome),

3. 2 Timothy is believed to be Paul’s last book written because he says, “the time for me to depart is at hand”. 

2 Timothy 4

6 For I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand. 7 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith!

4. Although Paul was captured at the time he wrote 2 Timothy, there is evidence within the same letter that he was recently free.  

A)  Paul seems to have recently been in Troas and Miletus. 

2 Timothy 4:13 (NET) 
When you come, bring with you the cloak I left in Troas with Carpas and the scrolls, especially the parchments.

2 Timothy 4:20 (NET) 
Erastus stayed in Corinth. Trophimus I left ill in Miletus.

B)  There is evidence Paul was in Crete although it was never mentioned in the Book of Acts. Also, the content of Titus and 1 Tim is similar, so the letters were probably written around the same time. 

Titus 1:5 (NET) 5 The reason I left you in Crete was to set in order the remaining matters and to appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.

C). Evidence in book of Titus that Paul was going to Nicopolis thus showing he was free at the time he wrote to Titus. 

Titus 3:12 (NET) 12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.

D). Evidence in 2 Timothy that Titus had already been to see Paul. Therefore, this proved Titus was written before 2 Timothy. Thus combined with above Verse in Titus, it appears Paul was free before 2 Timothy was written. But then he was imprisoned again when 2 Timothy was written since he says, my departure is at hand, as mentioned earlier.

2 Timothy 4:10 (NET) 10 For Demas deserted me, since he loved the present age, and he went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia.

E). Evidence that Paul was sure he would be released, but he left open the possibility that he would not. 

Philippians 1:13 (NET) 13 The whole imperial guard and everyone else knows that I am in prison for the sake of Christ,
Philippians 1:19 (NET) 19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:25 (NET) 25 And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that what you can be proud of may increase because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you. 27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel,

5. Evidence that Paul was Beheaded in Rome, so his second imprisonment must have been in Rome. 

  • Paul was martyred perhaps about A.D.66. Tradition reports that he was beheaded…(William Dool Killen, the ancient church, Paul’s second imprisonment.)
  • ….Apostle Paul, who was martyred in Rome at the conclusion of what most believe was a second imprisonment postdating the book of Acts, between which he traveled to Spain and Crete (Titus 1:5). Of this period, the 3rd century church historian Eusebius wrote: After defending himself the Apostle was again set on the ministry of preaching…coming a second time to the same city [Paul] suffered martyrdom under Nero. During this imprisonment he wrote the second Epistle to Timothy. (Eccl Hist. 2.22.2) ….Eusebius goes on to report “that in his [Nero’s] time Paul was beheaded in Rome itself and that Peter was likewise crucified. (Eccl Hist. 2.25.5) Paul’s execution took place at the end of Nero’s reign, c. A.D. 65-68. His legal status as a Roman citizen protected him from the ignominious sentence of crucifixion suffered by Peter.  The traditional spot for the beheading is known as the Abbey of the Three Fountains (the head reputedly bounced three times before coming to rest), which is south of the modern center of Rome. (http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2009/10/08/New-Discoveries-Relating-to-the-Apostle-Paul.aspx#Article)
  • Extra biblically, there is evidence from 1 Clement 5:5-7 (c. AD 95-96) where the writer describes Paul as suffering tremendously for his faith and then being “set free from this world and transported up to the holy place, having become the greatest example of endurance.” While details regarding the manner of his fate are lacking, the immediate context strongly implies that Clement was setting up Paul as an example of martyrdom. Other early evidences for the martyrdom of Paul can be found in Ignatius (Letter to the Ephesians 12:2), Polycarp (Letter to the Philippians 9:1-2), Dionysius of Corinth (Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 2.25.4), Irenaeus (Against Heresies 3.1.1), The Acts of Paul, and Tertullian (Scorpiace15:5-6).  (http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/was-paul-beheaded-in-rome)

Discussion Question:

If Paul was free to travel to Spain and Crete between two Roman imprisonments, what lessons can we learn from his story?


Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Do We Admire God’s Messengers?

Bob,

Pray and admire those who serve as missionaries for My Kingdom’s sake.  It is a hard life.  Money is always in short supply.  Financial and family sacrifices are made.   The travel to and fro is exhausting.  Persecutions can be close by.  The seasons can become times of refreshment, and they can also become obstacles to getting My work completed.

Give to them.  It is a privilege to give to them.  I will reward you, and can you imagine seeing the souls in heaven that came to Me by My work on the cross, by that missionaries work of proclaiming My message, and by your giving to advance the reach of the Gospel.

Romans 10 (NET)

10:14 How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them?  10:15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.”


Nimuel Chattria Missions Report from February through April 2017

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To, Our Dear Prayer Partners ,Loving greetings from India ,
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM MINISTRY FIELD !
1, Reporting Time Period , Feb to April ,2017 ,
2,Donation Received this Period through foreign contributions account , Nil 
    Received some Funds Through Western Union Money Transfer ,
3, Donation Spent this Period , Spent all ,
4, Account balance end of this Period  – Bank Account statement available upon request. 
5, List of People Served This Period ,Total ,76 people professed to Jesus as their personal Saviour and God ,
6, List Places Visited this Period , Around 16 Hindus Villages reached already in this Period ,
7,SPECIAL Events This Period ,
 a , We have been conducted Open air gospel meetings in three different places ,
  b, Follow up work among the people ,
c, Follow up among the outcast people ( Leprosy)
d, Follow up work among the Children’s

 

e, Vocational Bible School among the Children ,VBS among Leprosy camp children ,
f, ORIYA BAPTIST BIBLE SCHOOL ,
HERE MENTIONING SOME REPORT OF Pr,Biskot Sika ,
g,Three youth meetings in different places , total 90 youths participated ,
h,Two Women meetings in different places ,50 participated ,
i, Four open gospel meetings in different places ,500 people attended and 130 professed to Jesus and 100 of people rededicated , their lives to God to live a Godly life as well as example of others ,
j,During this three months , each month of second week our Church youths uses to go for outreach program to distributes gospel tracts , Door to Door and preaching the word of God ,
k ,Regular Church Activities as usual , Fasting prayers , Cottage meetings ,House visiting ,Sunday service , Sunday School ,  
8, PRAISE FROM THIS PERIOD ,
God is so faithful in His work using us to extended His Kingdom among the Poor ,Needy and Outcast ( Leprosy ) people

Praise GOD during February to April ,2017 ,I could able to conducted some special programs ,
Praise God for His gracious hands as many people are praying for this glorious work and supplying little funds ,Absolutely it’s praiseworthy those who are praying for this work ,
9, PRAYER REQUEST ,

a, pray for the new souls , for their Spiritual growth ,
b,Pray for our follow up work among the people ,Children ,
c, Pray for the new location ,may God open the door to reach out ,
d, Pray for community Tribal people living under poverty reason is lack of unawareness and non literature ,
e, Pray for Leprosy Camp people are living very pathetic condition , most of them are handicaps , work is begging ,
f ,Pray for the future of Orphan Children in Leprosy Camp ,their Parents dead already due to disease ,
g,Pray for God’s future plan to keep these children in a separate place and give them better educations so they can be used for the glory of God , Some of the Children’s are having Parents but parents are fully affected by disease , they cant do any thing for them ,Suppose if this children will stay long time with their parents there is possible to effect the same disease ,
h, Pray for a Church building at Raipur City ( Agape Baptist Church ) where we can have Sunday worship service because GOD is multiplying His work and people .
i , Pray for Church requirements like some Chairs , Carpets and sound system ,
j, Pray for our missionaries funds ,
k ,In order to do the gospel team work we have been praying for a Four Wheeler because it will be helpful for Summer and Rainy Season time ,
10, NOTEWORTHY FUTURE PLANS OR EVENTS ,

a, As God has led me a burden to reaching to unreached areas ,Visiting Door to Door ,distributing gospel TRACTS ,NT , sharing the gospel we must need a Four Wheeler and earnestly praying to use it for His Kingdom and glory ,
b, Praying and planing to arrange the open air gospel meetings among Hindus people twice in a Month ,
c, Children’s Bible classes ,
d,Follow up work among our people ,
e, ORIYA BAPTIST BIBLE SCHOOL to be continued once in a month ,
f, My prayer and desire in His work that I may train up some laborer and send out to the field whereby they may do the evangelism work among Hindus people ,

g, We have been praying to win 100 souls every months but we need to train up and build them such a hard ,faithful laborer ,
h, I prefer much to see the fruitful gospel work , who will go ? Reaching out for the lost one ? 
God bless you all ,

Regards ,in His Vineyard 

Rev, Nimuel Chhatria ,

President ,

NEW LIFE MOVEMENT,

Cell, +91 94377 39404    

The Story of Wellspring Fellowship

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History

Wellspring fellowship began with the purpose to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ, and today our desire is still to glorify Him.

Wellspring Fellowship began with Brad and Jamie Parrish who both attended Calvary Bible College in Kansas City.  At the time, Brad was a Police Officer for the city of Lee’s Summit, and Brad and Jamie were attending Liberty Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, MO.  During this time Brad was called to teach.  Brad’s spiritual gift is teaching, and this is very evident when you hear him teach God’s Word.  Liberty Baptist Church ordained Brad and he was sent out to start a church plant.

Wellspring Fellowship, named after the gospel story of the Woman at the Well, started in a Blue Springs indoor soccer facility as an Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) church plant.  Brad’s vision was to serve in a God-honoring multigenerational-family-integrated congregation.  He was greatly discouraged by the decay of the modern American family, and he could no longer practice “dividing up” the family at the front door of the church.  Therefore, most of the activities of the church were designed to include the entire family together.  Wellspring Fellowship eventually moved to Legacy Park Community Center in Lee’s Summit, and the church moved again to the home of Brad and Jamie.

I was a member of the Kansas City Baptist Temple.  I experienced small group life for the first time in their cell group ministry.  The experience was so impactful, I started reading books on cell groups which led me to books about house churches.  I later moved to a mid-size church in Lee’s Summit to be closer to my home.  My family and I attended Lee’s Summit Baptist Temple. I enjoyed their small Sunday School group and Saturday evangelism team, but I had a strong-abiding desire to be part of a house church.

Through internet searches in 2007, I eventually found Brad and Jamie’s house church through a family integrated church website.   Four more families have joined us.  They either found us through a family integrated church website, a house church directory website, or through friendships and family relationships.

I have been with this body for 10 years.  It has been one of the best experiences of my life.  I have so much more to say about it, so please read more about my house church journey at the following link:  https://robertjgood.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/why-i-go-to-a-house-church/

Practice

There are many advantages to a house church, but the two advantages that stand out the most are:  1) the participation during the church meeting, and 2) the many opportunities for Christian fellowship.

Our participation and fellowship are manifested in the below activities. 

For Sunday morning meetings, we always start the meeting with prayer requests and prayer to our Father.  This is an important time of sharing with each other and the Lord. 

Then we sing unto the Lord.  We sing mainly traditional protestant hymns, but we also include many children’s Christian songs, and even a few contemporary Christian songs.  The children are welcome to request the songs.  Between the songs, we have opportunities for all to share what God is doing in our lives, to share a verse each  has studied, or to share a witnessing opportunity we recently had.

Brad then has an interactive verse-by-verse Bible teaching time.  Over several years, we have studied Genesis, John, Ephesians, and 1 Timothy verse by verse.  Brad is very diligent in his studies and in his practice to ask for others’ comments as he proceeds through his well prepared outlines.

After we close in prayer, we then share lunch together every Sunday.  This is a great time to get to know what’s going on in each other’s lives.  After practicing these after-meeting-meals, I can’t even imagine going to a church that doesn’t have them – it would just seem so impersonal.

Additionally, fellowship is continued at the women’s weekly Bible Study, the men’s monthly breakfast, family game nights, and many other activities.

We have completed many service projects and outreaches over the years, again, see my link for a list:  https://robertjgood.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/why-i-go-to-a-house-church/

Future

Where are we headed for the future?  Our desire is to glorify God, and we pray to see the salvation and spiritual growth of our children.

Will we stay in a house church?  Will we grow into 2 or 3 house churches?  Will we grow into a rented space or into a building?  I don’t know.  Our desire is to trust God and follow His lead.

Invitation

Are you looking for Christian family fellowship?  Do you want to go to a church where you actually know the names of the children from the other families?  Do you want to participate during the church meetings, and not be just a passive spectator?  If so, then Wellspring Fellowship may be the place for you.

You are invited to come and visit.  Our house church currently rotates homes every quarter year, so please call or email for our current location.

God Bless,

Bob

Contact Info

Brad Parrish (Pastor-Teacher at Wellspring Fellowship, Lee’s Summit, MO) – wbradp@hotmail.com

Bob Good – bobgood76@gmail.com

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/pg/wellspringfellowship/

 

 

 

 

Do We Love Them Enough to Raise a Red Flag? Titus 3 verses 10 and 11

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Titus 3 verses 10 and 11

10 Reject a divisive person after one or two warnings.
11 You know that such a person is twisted by sin and is conscious of it himself.
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Phrases:

Context: In the previous verses, Paul instructs Titus to insist on faithful teaching and avoid useless discussions. Paul now tells Titus of certain persons to reject.

Reject a divisive person –

A) reject

  • par-ai-té-om-ai this Greek word means to beg-off, decline, or shun.
  • Webster defines beg-off as, to ask to be excused from something. In this case, beg off means to be excused from being in the presence of a divisive person.
  • NIV and many other English versions say, “….have nothing to do with them.”  This translation is closer to the meaning of the word “shun”.

B) divisive

  • hai-ret-i-kós means a schismatic.
  • English word is, heretic, and comes from this Greek word.
  • Webster defines heretic as someone who believes or teaches something that goes against accepted or official beliefs.
  • Webster defines a schismatic as one who creates or takes part in schism which is a division among the members of a group that occurs because they disagree on something.

Discussion Question:

  • Most people, in our passive culture, will not reject a heretic because they say it is not loving, yet explain how this passivity can actually be unloving toward that person and others who that person could influence with their false doctrine?

after one or two warnings-

  • Meaning the person should only be rejected after a warning or two. Their should be a time for discussion.

A) warnings

Discussion Question:

  • Why is it good to have a firm yet loving discussion with the schismatic before rejecting takes place?

See other passages below dealing with similar situations.

  • When someone sins against you.
  • Mathew 18
    15 If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector.
  • When someone is living a sinful lifestyle
  • 1 Corinthians 5
    1 It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, the kind of immorality that is not permitted even among the Gentiles, so that someone is cohabiting with his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you have been deeply sorrowful instead and removed the one who did this from among you? 3 For even though I am absent physically, I am present in spirit. And I have already judged the one who did this, just as though I were present. 4 When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus, and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 turn this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
  • Dealing with someone taking advantage of others due to an undisciplined life.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3
    10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this command: “If anyone is not willing to work, neither should he eat.” 11 For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others. 12 Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat. 13 But you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing what is right. 14 But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note of him and do not associate closely with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
  • Dealing with the sin of an Elders
  • 1 Timothy 5
    19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it can be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 20 Those guilty of sin must be rebuked before all, as a warning to the rest. 21 Before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, I solemnly charge you to carry out these commands without prejudice or favoritism of any kind.

You know that such a person is twisted by sin and is conscious of it himself –

A) twisted

  • ek-stréph-ō means to pervert.
  • Webster defines the word pervert as to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right.

B) by sin

  • ham-ar-tán-ō means to miss the mark i.e. (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin.
  • There are two possible interpretations as to why the person is being divisive due to being “twisted by sin.”
  • 1. The person has fleshy-sin in their life, and he/she is trying to cover up the sin by putting forth false teachings.
  • 2. “Twisted by Sin” here is not talking about missing the mark with a fleshly lust, but it means sowing discord by propagating false teachings.

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you think of a doctrine in some churches that was created to cover up fleshy-sins?
  • Can you think of false doctrine that was propagated in the church without being motivated by fleshly lust?

C) and is conscience of it himself

  • au-tok-at-ák-ri-tos mean self-condemned.
  • They are conscience of their error themselves because…
  • a)  they had one or two warnings by a loving brother or sister or Elder,
  • b)  they were under good doctrinal teachings in the past,
  • c)  their inner voice knows there is something wrong with what they are teaching.

Discussion Question:

  • Have you ever defended yourself in something you did wrong, but knew deep down that you were in error?

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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
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Do We Love Them Enough to Raise a Red Flag?

Bob,

If a person is causing division with false teachings, the loving thing to do is to confront them and reject them if they will not repent. I know this seems harsh, but if you ignore the false teaching, then their soul and the souls of others could suffer eternally. By confronting and rejecting, you are gaining their attention and protecting others. This is truly loving. Ignoring the situation is not loving.

Now, be sure to first warn them. Raise a red flag that their doctrine is harmful to their soul. This firm and loving discussion could last in their memory for years to come, and it can be used by My Spirit to convict them. They know deep down inside that they are wrong, but the sin has twisted their thinking.

Rejecting them may be what they need to overcome sin and pride, and their soul may be saved in the future.

Why Insist on Doctrine? Titus 3 verses 8 through 9

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Titus 3 verses 8 and 9

8 This saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on such truths, so that those who have placed their faith in God may be intent on engaging in good works. These things are good and beneficial for all people.
9 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, quarrels, and fights about the law, because they are useless and empty.

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Context: Paul described the work of the Trinity in our justification in the previous verse 5-7.

This saying is trustworthy-

A) saying

  • lóg-os means something said.
  • Some English versions have the previous verses from verse 5 through verse 7 shown within quotations to make clear to the reader the saying to which Paul is referring to in this verse.

B) Trustworthy

  • Meaning Paul’s revelation about the work of the Trinity in our justification can be trusted.

and I want you to insist on such truths-

A) insist

  • di-ab-eb-ai-ó-om-ai
    dee-ab-eb-ahee-o’-om-ahee; means to confirm thoroughly by words, to asseverate.
    Webster defines as-sev-er-ate to affirm or declare positively or earnestly.

Discussion Questions:

  • In addition to the below benefit given by Paul, what other benefits do you see by earnestly affirming doctrinal truths such as those in the previous verses?
  • Why do you think some denominations devalue doctrinal teachings?
  • Why do you think music in the modern church today has less doctrine than hymns of the past?
  • Why do we see less emphasis on catechisms today compared to the past?
  • Webster defines Catechism as a summary of religious doctrine often in the form of questions and answers.
  • http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp
  • http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/

so that those who have placed their faith in God may be intent on engaging in good works –

  • Previous verses 5 through 7 never spoke directly about engaging in good works, yet Paul teaches that the doctrine of our justification will cause believers to be intent in doing good works.

A) intent

  • phron-tí-zō means to exercise thought, to be anxious.

B) engaging

  • pro-ḯs-tē-mi means to stand before, to preside, or to practise.
  • Webster defines preside as to be in charge of something.
  • Webster defines practice as ..
  • To do something again and again in order to become better at it.
  • To do (something) regularly or constantly as an ordinary part of your life.
  • Therefore, doctrine should cause us to be anxious to preside over and practice good works.

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think the doctrine of the Trinity’s work in our justification causes us to be intent to engage in good works?
  • Can you name some good works Paul may have had in mind?

These things are good and beneficial for all people –

  • These things is referring to the trustworthy sayings and other similar truths.
    Doctrinal truth is good for all men, not only believers.

A) beneficial

  • O-phél-i-mos means helpful, serviceable, advantageous.

Discussion Question:

  • All would agree that common moral teachings are good for all men, but how is specific Christian doctrine good for all – including unbelievers?

But avoid –

  • Meaning to not engage, or to stay on the perimeter with regard to the following discussions.

foolish controversies –

A) foolish

  • mō-rós means dull or stupid (as if shut up).
  • English uses the word moron.
  • The sense seems to be to avoid unlearned or uninformed questions.
  • 2 Timothy 2:23 (YLT) and the foolish and uninstructed questions be avoiding, having known that they beget strife,
  • 2 Timothy 2:23 (KJV) But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

genealogies –

  • John Gill commentary state these genealogies refer to Jewish “elders, Rabbis, and doctors, by whom their traditions are handed down from one to another…”
  • It seems there was a controversy in Crete about from where some teachings were handed down. This type of controversy must have been started by those false teachers with Jewish connections mentioned in chapter one of Titus.

Quarrels and fights about the law-

  • Meaning arguments about interpretations of Moses’ ceremonial and civil laws or possibly man made religious commands also mentioned in chapter one.
  • It cannot mean the moral laws of Moses as these could not be called useless and empty as mentioned below.
  • It cannot mean the requirement of keeping the law for salvation since Paul argues against this in many of his letters showing that this topic should not be avoided.

because they are useless and empty-

  • Arguing about names and various ceremonies is not profitable. Stick to doctrine which really matters.

Discussion Question:

  • Can you think of empty and profitless subjects that Christians may argue about today?

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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
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Why Insist on Doctrine?

Bob,

Not only stand against sinful behavior directly, but also proclaim My amazing doctrine of grace. This will touch My people’s hearts, and will motivate them to do good works.

Many denominations and teachers water-down My doctrine in their music and in their teachings to avoid offending others. Yet they don’t see they are harming the souls of their own people.

The message of My grace is powerful to effect change in the hearts of My children. I loved them. My Holy Spirit washed them. My Son was sacrificed for them. The show of My abundant love and forgiveness will cause them to resist sin and do all kinds of good works for My glory.

Are You Saved by Your Works or the Works of the Trinity?  Titus Chapter 3 verses 4 through 7

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Titus 3 verses 4 through 7

4 But “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared,
5 he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior.
7 And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.”

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Phrases:

But-

This conjunction, the Greek word, de, contrasts our sinful ways mentioned in verse 3 with God’s kindness and mercy mentioned in these next few amazing verses!

when the kindness of God our Savior-

  • Our Father started the process of our salvation which was motivated by His kindness.

A) kindness

  • chrē-stót-ēs means usefulness.
  • Other English translations say kindness or goodness.
  • Although we were useless as shown in the previous verse, yet God’s useful character toward us has appeared.
  • The same Greek word is also translated kindness below, yet you can see the contrast between worthlessness and usefulness.
  • Romans 3:12 (NET) 12 All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.”
  • Mathew Poole comments as follows about the word:  the word signifies one’s easiness to do good to another; that native goodness that is in God, rendering him inclinable to love, and prone to do good unto the sons of men.

Discussion Question:

Can you describe a time when someone was useful toward a need you had?  How did their action make you feel toward them?

B) God our Savior

  • This is speaking of God the Father who saved us through the washing of the Spirit whom He poured out on us through Jesus Christ as shown in v 5 and v6 below.
  • This passage shows us the Trinity at work in our Salvation.

and his love for mankind appeared-

A) Love for mankind

  • phil-an-thrō-pí-a means fondness of mankind.

B) appeared

  • The Father’s kindness and love appeared in His sending Jesus into the world.
  • John 3:16 (NET) 16 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

    he saved us-

    A) he saved

    • Meaning God the Father saved us. 
    • Verse 7 says, “since he justified us …”. Therefore, this saving is not the saving from a bad lifestyle or bad circumstances, but rather this saving justifies us before God. We are saved from His judgement and wrath.

    B) us

    • Not all the human race is saved, but us who have been born again and renewed by the Holy Spirit.

    not by works of righteousness that we have done-

    • Meaning that God did not save us because of our good deeds.
    • Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.

    A) Righteousness

    • dik-ai-os-ý-nē means equity.
    • Webster defines equity as fairness or justice in the way people are treated.
    • Obviously, we have not treated others nor God with perfect equity. 

    Discussion Questions:

    • Why do you think God does not save us because of our works of righteousness?

    but on the basis of his mercy-

    • Meaning he saved us because of His compassion for our broken and fallen state.

    A) Mercy

    • él-e-os means compassion.
    • Romans 9:23 (NET) 23 And what if he is willing to make known the wealth of his glory on the objects of mercy that he has prepared beforehand for glory…

    Discussion Question:

    • Can you give an example of when you helped someone because you were motivated by compassion?

    through the washing –

    • The word “through” is mentioned twice in this passage.

    A) Through

    • di-á is a Greek preposition denoting the channel of an act.
    • We are saved by two channels mentioned in this passage.  First we are saved “through” the washing of the Holy Spirit whom He poured out on us “through” Jesus Christ.
    • Below is a famous shipping channel to illustrate. 
    • The English Channel

    B) washing

    • lou-trón means a bath.

    of the new birth and the renewing-

    • The description of the washing is described by two Greek words.

    A) new birth

    • This single Greek word is the compound word pal-in-gen-es-í-a which means rebirth or regeneration.
    • Pal-in means anew or again.
    • Gen-es-ia means nativity.
    • Webster defines nativity as the process or circumstances of being born, birth.

    B) And

    • ka-í means having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; a conjunction meaning – and, also, even, so then, too, etc.

    C) Renewing

    • an-ak-a-í-nō-sis means renovation.
    • Below is a link to illustrate a renovation and new birth of an old picture.  As you watch the video, think of all your sins being taken away. 
    • https://youtu.be/vcriltNQMfI

    Discussion Question:

    Do you know someone who renovated an object giving it a “new birth”?

    of the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us in full measure –

    A) Spirit

    • pneû-ma, a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit…

    B) Full measure

    • plou-sí-ōs means copiously.
    • Webster defines copious as very large in amount.
    • The Holy Spirit was copiously poured out onto us. This shows how complete the Spirit’s work was in washing us. 

    through Jesus Christ our Savior-

    A) Savior

    • sō-tḗr means deliverer.
    • The Holy Spirit does His washing work through the channel of Jesus Christ our Deliverer.

    Discussion Question:

    • Do you think the Father would have poured the Holy Spirit on us without Christ’s work? Explain?

    And so, since we have been justified by his grace-

    A) justified

    • dik-ai-ó-ō means to render, show, or regard as just or innocent.

    B) grace

    • chár-is means by His graciousness.

    we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life-

    A) heirs

    • klē-ron-óm-os is a sharer by lot, i.e. inheritor.
    • God not only loved us, died our death, forgave us from our sins, washed us by new birth and renovation, but He also gave us the inheritance of eternal life. 
    • What an amazing-loving-compassionate-gracious God we have!!!

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    Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

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    Are You Saved by Your Works or the Works of the Trinity?

    Bob,

    Your good works cannot save you. First, even your good works are tainted with selfishness. Second, those good works will never erase your many evil deeds. 

    I knew you would need saving before the world began.  I saved you because I loved you and had compassion for you. 

    Yet, I still require justice because your sin deserves punishment. However, I gave My Son for you. The death penalty for your sin and the sin of the world was executed on Him. 

    This allowed the Holy Spirit to wash you clean. Now in My sight, you are no longer depraved, dirty, and dead. Instead, in My sight, you are now born new and renovated into a righteous, clean, and fresh new man. 

    Are We Kind to Quietly Remind? Titus 3 verses 1 through 3

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    1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.
    2 They must not slander anyone, but be peaceable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all people.
    3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another.

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    Context: Paul is continuing his list of good behaviors from chapter 2.

    Phrases:

    Remind them to be –

    • hyp-om-im-nḗs-kō is a compound word meaning remind quietly, that is, to suggest to the memory.
    • Today we may say, I gave him a gentle reminder.
    • Hypo means under. It is the opposite of hyper. Since the word is associated with verbally reminding others, then hypo means to quietly remind them.
    • mim-nḗs-kō means to remind or to call to mind.
    • Them is referring to the Cretans.

    subject to rulers and authorities-

    A) subject

    • hyp-ot-ás-sō is a compound word meaning to subordinate.
    • Hypo means under.
    • Tas-so means to arrange in an orderly manner.

    B) rulers

    • ar-chḗ means chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank).
    • English also uses this word, arch, and is used in several different ways, including as a chief.

    C) authorities

    • ex-ou-sí-a means privilege.
    • In this context it means magistrate, superhuman, potentate.
    • In other words, in this context, it means those who are privileged to be in ruling power.

    Romans 13
    1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God.
    2 So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment
    3 (for rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad). Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation,
    4 for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer.
    5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath of the authorities but also because of your conscience.
    6 For this reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants devoted to governing.

    Discussion Questions:

    • Give an example of the difference between a quite reminder vs a loud reminder?
    • Why would Paul choose to remind with a quite reminder when talking about submission to authorities and rulers?
    • Why should Christians be submissive to rulers and authorities?
    • When should a Christian not submit to rulers?

    to be obedient-

    • pei-tharch-é-ō is a compound word which means to be persuaded by a ruler.
    • peí-thōa means to convince.
    • Ar-che already mentioned above, chief.

    Discussion Question:

    • Name leaders in your life that you should obey?

    to be ready for every good work –

    A) ready

    • hét-oi-mos means adjusted, i.e. ready.

    B) every

    • Pas means all, any, every, the whole.

    C) good

    • ag-ath-ós means good.

    D) work

    • ér-gon means to work, toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act.

    Discussion Questions:

    • Name a sport and how to get ready to play it?
    • To do good works, what do we first have to remove to be ready?
    • Name some good works?
    • What holds Christians back from doing good works?

    They must not slander anyone-

    • blas-phē-mé-ō means to vilify, to speak impiously.
    • Vilify – Webster defines as to say or write very harsh and critical things about (someone or something).
    • Impiously- Webster defines as lacking in reverence or proper respect.

    Discussion Questions:

    • What are things you remember from James’ letter regarding the tongue?
    • Why must a Christian be so careful with his words?
    • Can you name a friend or family member that is respectful toward all people with their speech?

    but be peaceable-

    ám-ach-os means peaceable.

    gentle-

    • epi-ei-kḗs is a compound word meaning appropriate, by implication, mild.
    • It seems to mean to take on someone’s temperament which for most situations is peaceable, in other words, don’t be disruptive.

    showing complete courtesy to all people-

    Courtesy

    • pra-ÿ-tēs means mildness, i.e. (by implication) humility.
    • Mildness – Webster defines as gentle in nature or behavior; not strong in action or effect.
    • Humility – Webster defines as showing that you do not think of yourself as better than other people.

    Discussion Questions:

    • Can you think of a public figure who is recognized as peaceable, gentle, and courteous?
    • How does this behavior go against the way of the world?

    For –

    • gár is a conjunction connecting this verse to the last verse.
    • The last verses were positive attributes.
    • This verse contains negative attributes of how we were before our regeneration.

    we too were once foolish-

    A) Once

    • pot-é means at some time, ever.

    B) Foolish

    • an-ó-ē-tos means unintelligent.
    • a – gives a negative meaning to the following Greek word.
    • noi-é-ō means to exercise the mind.
    • It seems to mean someone who has not thought things through.
    • Young’s Literal Translation translates this word as thoughtless.

    Discussion Question:

    • How did you think about your impulsive desires before your conversion compared to after your conversion?

    disobedient-

    • ap-ei-thḗs means unpersuadable.
    • a, makes the following word opposite.
    • peí-thō means to convince.

    Discussion Question:

    • Explain the heart attitude of a lost person vs a Christian when they are confronted with their sinful behavior.

    misled-

    • plan-á-ō means to roam (from safety, truth, or virtue).
    • Darby’s translation says, wandering in error.

    Discussion Question:

    • Have you ever walked in the woods with no compass, or drove in a city with no map or gps? How different do you feel with a compass, map, or navigator?

    enslaved to various passions and desires-

    A) enslaved

    • doul-eú-ō means to be a slave to.

    B) passions

    • epi-thy-mí-a means a longing (especially for what is forbidden).

    C) desires

    • hē-don-ḗ means sensual delight.
    • The English word hedonism is from this word. Hedonism is the belief that pleasure or happiness is the most important goal in life.

    Discussion Questions:

    • Have you ever met an addict? What did their addiction look like?
    • Explain how you feel after gorging on a restaurant buffet vs how you feel after using self control?
    • Why didn’t we use self control before our salvation?

    spending our lives in evil and envy-

    A) spending

    • di-ág-ō means to pass time or life.

    B) evil

    • kak-í-a means badness.

    C) envy

    • phthón-os means ill-will, i.e. jealousy (spite).

    hateful and hating one another-

    A) hateful

    • styg-nē-tós means hated, that is, odious.
    • Odious – Webster defines as causing hatred or strong dislike.
    • ESV says “hated by others”.

    B) hating

    • mis-é-ō means to detest.
    • Detest – Webster defines as to dislike (someone or something) very strongly.

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    Are We Kind to Quietly Remind?

    Bob,

    Gently remind younger brothers and sisters to submit to rulers and authorities. Don’t provoke their already rebellious-leaning heart with harsh words. Instead, be wise and kind in how you persuade them. Also, be an example for them in society, church, and at work.

    Don’t let sin hold you back from doing good. Sin wants to trap you in situations that will make you unfit for service. Stay unfettered from sin’s purpose that your conscience may stay clean to do good works.

    Don’t be disruptive as the world teaches. Instead, be gentle, mild, humble, and peaceable toward all men.

    Never forget your old way of life. You were completely selfish only following your freshly desires. You wandered the world with no guidance. But then the miracle happened-everything changed-you were reborn by My Spirit!

    Nimuel Chhatria Missions Report November 2016 through January 2017

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    Note:  For safety to Nimuel and the Christians in India, dollar amounts, villiage names, and individual’s names are not listed in this report. 

    If you would like to donate to Nimuel, please contact me (bobgood76 and I use g-mail). I can help you through the Western Union donation process and I can send you updated notes of his missions. 

    1,REPORTING TIME PERIOD , November 2016 to January 2017 ,
    2,DONATION RECEIVED THIS PERIOD , 

    $$ through Foriegn Contributions Account.

    $$ Received through Western Union donations. 

    3, DONATION SPENT , ALL ,

    4, ACCOUNT BALANCE END OF THIS PERIOD ,$$

    5, LIST OF PEOPLE SAVED THIS PERIOD ,Total 61 People received to Jesus as their personal Savior and God ,

    6, LIST PLACES VISITED THIS PERIOD , Total 14 Hindus Villages visited ( New Villages ) ,

    7, SPECIAL EVENTS THIS PERIOD ,

    We had the Children Bible Classes in three different Villages ,We already reached-out to around 126 Hindus Children ,and distributed total 90 NT among Hindus Children ,

    Reaching out Leprosy rehabilitation Center and won 28 Souls ,

    Started already Follow up work among the Children and Leprosy Camp ,

    8, PRAISES FOR THIS PERIOD , I thank God for all the activities throughout this months that He enabled us to reached out many villages and different group of people ,arranging gospel meetings ,Bible studies Class and winning Souls ,

    Started already Follow up work ,

    Started Bible studies classes among the Children ,

     I thank God that some’s people are praying for this glorious work and their gracious hands ,

    9, PRAYER REQUEST ,

    A, Absolutely this is soul winning ministry and MOVEMENT ,As a matter of fact the gospel work is not been accomplished by one person ,and it’s hard to a person Visit Door to door and sharing the gospel and leading to the People to Christ ,Of Course It’s easy process to arrange the gospel meetings among the People and Children to speak them and lead them to Christ , 

    B, We do look forward to visiting the New Villages and arranging the gospel meetings ,

    C, There will be two more gospel meetings ,One will be held on 8th of Feb at CHHATISGARH State , ( ——-)

    D, Our follow up work will be on 10th at ——–of CHHATISGARH State , (postponed)

    E, As the Spirit of God leads us ,We do expect and look forward to arrange the gospel meetings in various villages ,

    F, Please do pray for our Four workers those are getting involved in teaching to the Children ,As follow up work ,

    G, Absolutely we need two Church building ,One is for the Children and few believers and another one is for Outcast People ,

    H, Please do pray for the growth of the gospel work and needs of this ministry ,Indeed The Lord needs your gracious hands for this glorious work ,

    10, NOTE WORTHY FUTURE PLAN OR EVENTS , It’s great privilege to reaching out and sharing the gospel for the lost one ,In this regards I have many more plan to reaching out ,

    Such as ,

    A, Praying for a Baptist Bible School ,One year Course ,sending out the workers ,

    B, Bible training program among 35 Students ,

    C, Pastor’s Conference ,

    D,youth Gospel meetings ,

    E, Reaching out to Hindus Children and Youth ,

    F, Arranging gospel meetings in different places and Villages ,

    Eventually , I thank For this work and thankful for the Children of God those who are committed to praying and giving a hands ,

    REGARDS,

    Pr, NIMUEL CHHATRIA ,

    In behalf of NEW LIFE MOVEMENT 

    Are You Being Heard?  Titus 2 verse 15

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    Titus 2:15 (NET) 15 So communicate these things with the sort of exhortation or rebuke that carries full authority. Don’t let anyone look down on you.
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    Phrases:


    So communicate

    • The Greek conjunction, so, is not in the Greek text. 
    • Lal-e-o means to talk, that is, to utter words. Titus was to speak…

    these things

    • Hou-tos means this or that. In this context the translators interpreted as, these things. 
    • Titus was to speak specifically of the things mentioned starting in verse 2:1 when Paul first told him to communicate behavior that goes with healthy teaching. 
    • Specifically the things mentioned in this chapter were as follows:
    • instructions to older men,
    • Instructions to older women,
    • Instructions to younger women, 
    • Instructions to younger men, 
    • Instructions to slaves, 
    • to be trained by God’s grace, 
    • to await Christ’s second coming, 
    • and to have a zeal for good works because he ransomed us and purified us by giving Himself for us. 

    Discussion Question:

    • Titus was to communicate these things to the Cretans. Who can we speak these instructions to?

    with the sort of exhortation or rebuke

    A) with-

    • Ka-i is a conjunction and usually means and, also, even. 
    • In this context the NET translators interpreted this phrase as a preposition instead of a conjunction. 

    B) exhortation –

    • Par-ak-al-e-o is a compound word. 
    • Para means near. 
    • Kal-e-o means to call loudly. 
    • Together this word means to call near, to invite, to invoke. 

    Discussion Questions:

    • Can you think of a Bible example where someone invited another near to call them to follow their way?
    • What are situations when we can exhort another?

    C) or-

    • Ka-i is a conjunction which usually means, and. 
    • Here the translators of the NET use the word, or. 

    D) rebuke –

    • El-en-cho means to…
    • Confute- to overwhelm in argument, to disprove, debunk, rebut, refute, shoot down. 
    • Admonish- to speak to (someone) in a way that expresses disapproval or criticism; to tell or urge (someone) to do something. 

    Discussion Questions:

    • Why is it so hard for us to rebuke another?
    • Can you think of times when you rebuked another and they made positive change?
    • Can you think of if a time when you were rebuked and you made positive change?
    • What should you do when you rebuke someone but they make no changes?


    that carries

    • The Greek word is Met-a and denotes accompaniment. It is usually translated as, with. 


    full authority

    A) full-

    • Pas means all, any, every, the whole. 

    B) authority –

    • Ep-i-tag-e means an injunction or decree, by implication, authoritativeness. 
    • Injunction means an order from a court of law that says something must be done or must not be done. 
    • Decree means an official order given by a person with power or by a government.
    • Authoritativeness-having or showing impressive knowledge about a subject; having the confident quality of someone who is respected or obeyed by other people. 
    • In other words, Titus should speak the instructions mentioned in this chapter to the Cretans with confidence and authority because of the following reasons:
    • A) They are the sound teachings of God. 
    • B) They are instructions given from the Apostle Paul.  
    • C) Titus’ life aligns with these words, and he should be confident to call others to his side to follow his good example.  


    Don’t let anyone

    • Me-dies means not even one. 


    look down on you

    A) look down on-

    • Par-i-phron-e-o is a compound word. 
    • Per-i means around, beyond or through. 
    • English uses this prefix in the word peripheral. 
    • Phron-e-o means to exercise the mind, to think. 
    • Together the word means to think beyond, to depreciate or contemn another. 
    • Today we may say to be ignored, to not be considered, to be disrespected, to be overlooked. 
    • Depreciate means to cause (something) to have a lower price or value. 
    • Contemn means to view or treat with contempt, to despise.
    • (RSV) translates this phrase as “Let no one disregard you.”

    B) you-

    • Sy is the personal pronoun of the second person singular. The word means you or thou. 

    Discussion Questions:

    • Why do you think Paul told Titus to not let others despise him?
    • Do others look past our words of exhortation or rebuke? If so, what are some possible reasons?
    • What is the best way to assure your good words are heard, acknowledged, and considered?  

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    Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

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    Are You Being Heard?

    Bob,
    Have courage and speak good words. Encourage an immature brother to follow My words and your good example. Do not fear to admonish bad behavior. Also be humble to receive correction yourself.

     
    Don’t let a brother ignore your message. Make sure you are heard and acknowledged because the words you speak to him are from My Bible and are life to him. 

    Your job is only to speak and pray for him and to live a good example. If he doesn’t change, have patience and faith that I am working in his life. 

    Has Christ’s Cleansing Caused you to be Zealous?  Titus 2 verse 14

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    Titus 2:14 (NET) 14 He gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, who are eager to do good.

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    Phrases:

    Context: 
    The context before this passage is our training for holiness through God’s grace while we await for the second appearing and glory of Jesus.  Now, Paul further teaches the significance of Christ’s work and purpose of His first appearing. 

    He

    • Hos means who, which, what, that
    • In context, the NET translated the word as He. 
    • This word is describing the great God and Savior, Jesus Christ mentioned in the previous verse. 

    gave

    • díd-ō-mi means to give. 

    himself

    • he-au-toû means himself, herself, itself, or themselves
    • In this context it is translated as, himself.

    for us

    • hyp-ér means for. 
    • Eg-o is first person pronoun I, me, or my. Here it is translated in context as us. 
    • John 6:51 (NET) 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
    • John 10:17 This is why the Father loves me – because I lay down my life, so that I may take it back again. 18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down of my own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from my Father.”
    • Galatians 1:4 (NET) 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father,

    Discussion Questions:

    • Why is it so hard for us to give money to others? What possessions does Jesus give to us?
    • Why is it so hard for us to take time away from our family to volunteer and serve strangers?  What did Jesus leave to serve us?
    • Who would you rather consider donating one of your organs to? A hard-working family-man or a rebellious-drug addict?
    • Yet look how Jesus gave. 
    • Romans 5:7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    • How can Christ’s example of giving himself inspire us to be better givers?

    to set us free from

    A) Set free –

    • ly-tró-ō means to ransom or redeem. 
    • Webster defines ransom as money that is paid to free someone who has been captured or kidnapped. 

    every kind of

    • Pas means all, any, every or the whole. 

    lawlessness

    • An-om-i-a is a noun and means illegality. 
    • Nomia means law, while A gives it the opposite meaning. Thus it could mean no law or lawless or violating the law. 
    • He ransomed us from all of our illegalities. 

    Discussion Questions:

    • What did Jesus free us from?
    • Colossians 2:14 (NET) 14 He has destroyed what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. 
    • What price was paid to ransom us?
    • 1 Peter 1:18 You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.

    and to purify

    A) and-

    • kai is a conjunction and in this context means, and. 
    • Thus, not only did he free us from every illegality, but his ransom was also to…

    B) purify –

    • kath-ar-i-zo means to cleanse. 
    • This does not mean that he cleansed our body like taking a hot bath. Nor does it mean baptism. 
    • But when he ransomed us, this washed us clean from all impurity in God’s eyes, and we are now a special people set apart for Himelf as mentioned later in this verse. 
    • 1 Corinthians 6:11 (NET) Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
    • This cleansing was not only a cleansing in a spiritual sense, but it also changes our will in this physical realm by giving us a desire to do good works as shown later in this verse.
    • Titus 3:5 (NET) 5 he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,

    for himself

    • He-au-tou in this context means, himself. 

    a people

    • La-os means a people in general. 

    who are truly his– 

    • Per-i-ou-si-os – means beyond usual, that is, special (ones own). 

    Discussion Question:

    • Can you think of an event where a person became special to you?

    who are eager to do good

    A) eager-

    • Ze-lo-tes – means a zealot which means to have warmth of feeling for or against something. 
    • Webster defines zealot as a person who has very strong feelings about something (such as religion or politics) and who wants other people to have those feelings : a zealous person. 
    • Webster defines zeal as a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something

    B) to do good –

    To do-

    • Er-gon means to work, toil, and act. 

    good-

    • Kal-os means beautiful and good, that is, valuable or virtuous for appearance or use.

    Discussion Question:

    • After your spiritual birth, did you have a zeal to do good deeds?
    • After your spiritual birth, how did your desires change?
    • After your new birth, what works did you have a zeal to do that you did not have before?
    • What may it mean if you never became zealous to do any good works?

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    Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

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    Has Christ’s Cleansing Caused you to be Zealous?

    Bob,
    I gave up My comfort with My Father to come for you. I have given you an eternal inheritance and Heaven itself. I have even given you My life on the cross. Your failure to keep My ordinances enslaved you to sin and the curse of the law. Yet my blood and body were spent for your freedom. 
    Will you now follow My example and be giving to others? I gave Myself for you. Will you give yourself to Me?
    My ransom and My Spirit also washed and cleansed you. You are now set apart clean and special to Me. 
    By My ransom the Spirit has now given you a birth. You are now alive toward Me when you were once dead. My Spirit dwells in you and is changing your will. Your will is being changed to love Me, to resist sins, to be less selfish and more giving, to pray for others, and to teach others My words. 

    You are now My son. 

    You are now free. 

    You are now clean and are special to Me.