Week 3 – Titus: “COUNTER-CULTURE”
Devotions written by Julie Hammer
The small book of Titus has big messages for the church today. Written by the Apostle Paul to his friend and Gentile convert, Titus, Paul gives instructions for establishing a church on the Island of Crete. Starting a church is hard. But it’s even harder when the would-be church members were self-diagnosed “liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons” (1:12). Instead of becoming discouraged and lessening the requirements for new church leaders, Paul put forth clear and high expectations of elders: They are to be “blameless, the husband of one wife, and one whose children are obedient, hospitable, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined” (1:6).
Has God given you a seemingly impossible task? Are you holding to God’s standards, or your own? How are you standing for righteousness in a world that is broken? Pray asking God to empower you to live righteously in a broken world.
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