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Titus: A Church That Lasts

The big idea of our final passage this morning is: Stay focused on good works. Stay focused on doing what the Bible commands out in the world so that others will see our good deeds and give glory to our Father in heaven. Citylight, stay focused on growing strong as a gospel culture that makes the truth of the gospel visible through our good works out in the world. Stay focused on good works. For the rest of our time together, we are going to answer one question: How? How can Citylight church stay focused on good works? Three answers from our passage today: (1) Avoid foolish controversies, (2) Warn divisive people, and (3) Meet kingdom needs.

Citylight Manayunk | May 23, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

Resources:

Titus 3: 9-15

ESV Study Bible

Titus For You by Tim Chester

1/2 Timothy & Titus commentary in the Pillar series by Robert Yarbraugh

Deep Work by Cal Newport

The Cross of War: Christian Nationalism and U.S. Expansion in the Spanish-American War

The Incompatibility of Critical Theory and Christianity

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There are some things we should oppose, but our lives need to be guided by what we are for. For Christians, our ongoing devotion is to good works.

Citylight Center City | May 23, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 3:9-15

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, Philip Towner

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Titus 3:8: 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. That brings us to the big idea of our passage: Devote yourselves to good works.

Citylight Manayunk | May 16, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

Resources:

Titus 2:15-3:8
Titus For You by Tim Chester
1/2 Timothy & Titus commentary in the Pillar series by Robert Yarbraugh
ESV Study Bible

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We do a lot in life, but what should we really devote ourselves to? The answer for Christians is good works, because of what God has done for us.

Citylight Center City | May 16, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 2:15-3:8

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, Philip Towner

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The big idea of our passage this morning: Grace has appeared to make us godly. Far from being opposed to godly living, God’s grace has appeared to be our, so to speak, personal trainer, mentor, and tutor in godliness. Grace has appeared to make us godly. With that said, I want to spend the rest of our time together this morning answering one question: how does grace teach us to be godly? We’ll see three answers in our passage this morning: 1. Grace saves us 2. Grace trains us 3. Grace orients us.

Resources:

Titus 2:11-14
ESV Study Bible
Titus For You by Tim Chester
1/2 Timothy & Titus commentary in the Pillar series by Robert Yarbrough
Grace is Not a Thing by Jeremy Treat

Saving Grace by Sam Storms

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The book of Titus emphasized the virtue of self-control, and it’s easy to feel guilty about our lack of self-control. How do we actually become self-controlled, though? Just as we are saved by grace, we are trained by grace.

Citylight Center City | May 9, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 2:11-14

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, Philip Towner

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The Saving Grace of God has come:

  1. Teaching us how to live (verse 12)
  2. Giving us a future hope (verse 13)
  3. Creating a new people (verse 14)

Citylight Delco | May 9, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Titus 2:11-14

Put Sound Doctrine into Practice:

  • As older men
  • As older women
  • As younger women
  • As younger me
  • As employees

Citylight Delco | April 2, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Titus 2:1-10

Just as there is clothing that fits an occasion, there is conduct that fits the gospel. This passage describes that conduct for older men, older women, younger women, younger men, ministers of God’s Word, and employees.

Citylight Center City | May 2, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 2:1-10

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, Philip Towner

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So the big idea of the passage is this: Show off the gospel.
1. As men
2. As women
3. As employees

Resources:

Titus 2:1-10
Titus For You by Tim Chester
1/2 Timothy & Titus commentary in the Pillar series by Robert Yarbraugh

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The big idea of our passage: Elders must rebuke false teachers. Why? 1. They are divisive 2. They are worldly. 3. They are legalistic 4. There is hope.

Citylight Manayunk | April 25, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 1: 10-16Adapted from Mark Dever’s book The Gospel & Personal Evangelism
Titus For You by Tim Chester
1/2 Timothy & Titus commentary in the Pillar series by Robert Yarbraugh

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Why does every church need elders? Because false teachers exist, and elders are to rebuke them, for their good, and the good of the whole church

Citylight Center City | April 25, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 1:10-16

For any living thing to survive, it needs to be fed and protected from predators. For a church to really last, God directs that elders be appointed in it to feed it and protect it from predators.

Citylight Center City | April 18, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 1:5-9

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, Philip Towner

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A church that lasts is grounded in the truth of the gospel.  There are three reasons from this passage that tell us why we ought to be grounded in the truth: the truth accords with godliness, the truth is an eternally true promise, and the truth makes us a family.

Citylight Delco | April 11, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

Resources:

Titus 1:1-4

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, the Pillar New Testament Commentary, by Robert Yarbrough

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, the New International Commentary on the New Testament, by Phillip Towner

Titus for You, by Tim Chester

How can we all together live lives that really matter and last as an attractively different gospel culture in our world? The answer is the big idea of the opening of Paul’s letter to Titus: Be servants of God. Now, the Bible says that God is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything (Acts 17:15). And yet, Paul’s vision for a church that lasts is living as servants of God. So, what do servants of God serve? (1) Faith, (2) Godliness, (3) In hope.

Citylight Manayunk Service | April 11, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 1: 1-4
Titus For You by Tim Chester
1/2 Timothy & Titus commentary in the Pillar series by Robert Yarbraugh

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Titus is a book about how the church can really last. So little in our life truly does last, but in the opening to the letter, we find one of the ways the church can last is because it is built on a solid foundation of truth.

CityLight Center City | April 11, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Titus 1:1-4

The Letters to Timothy and Titus, Philip Towner

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