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God’s Word has so much to say to families today! All 66 books of the Bible can provide tremendous truth and help in raising our families and forming our families into God-honoring units before a lost and dying world!
I am looking forward to Family Camp at Camp Elim in Woodland Park, Colorado, on May 25-27. There I will get to preach five messages — and I’ve chosen to study the epistle to Titus from the perspective of the spiritually healthy family. Let’s read carefully the second chapter of Titus once again:
We have already seen that the spiritually healthy family cares deeply about the local church (1:1-9) and that, secondly, it recognizes false teaching in its many forms and opposes it (1:10-16). In our last post we saw that the spiritually healthy family appreciates and applies the clear instructions of God’s Word (2:1-10).
Let’s notice fourthly in this chapter that —
The spiritually healthy family —
IV. Allows God’s Grace to Have Its Full Power in Their Lives! (vv. 11-15)
[I have to confess that this passage — Titus 2:11-15 — is one of my favorites!]
We learn in this passage that God’s Grace —
Salvation is the rock-bottom foundation for a spiritually healthy family!
II. Is a Teaching Grace (v. 12)
Note both the negative and the positive aspects of grace’s teaching.
III. Is a Waiting Grace (v. 13)
How is the deity of the Lord Jesus shown here?
IV. Is a Purifying Grace (v. 14)
What is the logical expression of our gratitude for God’s purifying grace?
V. Is an Encouraging Grace (v. 15)
If you study the so-called five love languages, words of affirmation is a critical way to encourage others!
(We will conclude this five-part series in our next post)
The Bible, of course, has much to say about being spiritually healthy. We are a health-obsessed culture, aren’t we? I love the little book by Dave Barry entitled Stay Fit and Healthy Until You’re Dead! But what about our spiritual health?
God’s Word has so much to say to individuals and families about being spiritually healthy. If all 66 books of the Bible are the Word of God, and if God cares about our families, then it is reasonable to pick any book of the Bible and ask, “How can the truths of this book help me lead and develop a spiritually healthy family?” We read in 2 Timothy 3:
Let’s take a second look at the first chapter of Titus:
We have already seen that the spiritually healthy family cares deeply about the local church. Let’s notice a second truth from this passage and it is this —
The Spiritually-Healthy Family —
II. Recognizes False Teaching in Its Many Forms and Opposes It (vv. 10-16)
A. Not All Will Believe the Truth of the Gospel (v. 10)
How we respond to unbelievers is critical! We are here for them — but we protect ourselves from their rebellion by being faithful to the Word.
B. Disruptive Error Must Be Confronted and Corrected (vv. 11-14)
Those who are moving on in spiritual maturity must confront false teaching among God’s people, because ideas have consequences!
C. Unbelief Corrupts! (vv. 15-16)
Unbelief in God’s family is not innocuous. Those who claim to know God must be trained in the truth.
(We will continue this five-part series over the next few days)
Ever being the entrepreneur, my wife just sold the costume on Ebay.
Giving me my list of things to do today, Linda said, “Now the first thing you need to do this morning is box the head and ship it!”
That’s not something you hear everyday!
What a fascinating interview! (Loved the last line of one of the children: “What are we having for dinner?”) Our culture seems to be strategically targeting families and their time together. Whether it’s racing to sporting events, dance or art classes, or some form of scouts, our children — and our grandchildren — are at risk of missing a critical time for family conversation — dinner!
What ideas have helped you as a mom or dad to safeguard that time with your children?
Please post your comments!