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The Culture War: Reminders - Titus 3:1-11
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The Culture War
Reminders
Titus 3:1-11

75% of parents are too busy to read to their children at night
33% of Americans are living with extreme stress daily
50% of American say they regularly lie awake at night because of stress from how busy they are
I. A REMINDER TO SUBMIT (vs.1-2)
vs.1-2 – “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
ἀρχή (archē), “rulers” and ἐξουσία (exousia) for “authorities” = usually governing authorities
a. We submit to authorities
Luke 12:11 – “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say.”
Two Other Passages
1. 1 Peter 2:13-15 – “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.”
Two weeks ago: “Use the voice you have when you can”
Acts 5:29 – “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’”
John 18:33 – “Are you the King of the Jews?”
John 18:36 – “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
2. Romans 13:1-2 – “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”
Acts 5:40 says – “And when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.”
Acts 5:41 – “Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.”
b. We submit to all people
1. To speak evil of no one
2. To avoid quarreling
3. To show perfect courtesy to all
II. A REMINDER TO SYMPATHIZE (vs.3-7)
v.3 – “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.”
Vs.4-7 – “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
III. A REMINDER TO SERVE (v.8)
v.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. These things are excellent and profitable for people.”
Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
a. Good works require practice
b. Good works prove genuine faith (Ja. 2:14-18)
c. Good works are profitable for people
Question: Would the church or the world be impacted at all if you died tomorrow and suddenly your good works were no longer available?
IV. A REMINDER TO SEPARATE (vs.9-11)
v.9 – “But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.”
vs.10-11 – “As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”