Reading Paul’s epistles to Timothy and Titus gives us the standard of grace and it’s teaching. These two young men were charged with putting in order the churches at Ephesus and Crete: setting standards for eldership, deacons, old men, young men, older women, and younger women, the care for widows, charge to pray for all men and warnings to not get entangled in disputes, and the perilous times in the last days.
There are Thirteen Chapters total. I have been listening to them as three continuous letters. Again, I find these letters demanding more of my faith in Christ to following Him wholly. In Titus, Paul sums up what the grace of God teaches all men.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-13
God’s grace that brings salvation teaches us:
- To deny ungodliness and worldly lusts
- To live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age
- Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of Jesus Christ.
To deny, to live, and be looking, in hope of our glorious Lord’s appearing was hallmark in the early church. There was an expectancy of the Lord’s coming and catching up of His church in resurrection, first the dead in Christ and then those who remained, caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
This Sunday, I plan to share why I have returned to a pretribulation rapture of the church and how it is affecting my faith hope and love. This will set the stage for our reading of Revelation and Hebrews in August, with our special conference “The Day of the Lord,” Saturday, August 13th, 9:00 am till 3:00 pm.
Lunch will be included, registration is $15. For more information and to register, click here.