February 12, 2017
Titus: Against Legalism
Paul’s letter to Titus could be summed up like this: “I’ve got something you need to do, and it’s not going to be easy.” In this message, Pastor Yogi, preached through the last half of Titus 1 and the first half of Titus 2. In this passage, Paul is preaching against legalism, which is the emphasis on a strong adherence to the law for salvation. Some Jewish Christians were undermining Paul’s proclamation of the Gospel by telling Gentiles that they had to be circumcised in order to be saved, and Paul instructed Titus to shut them up. At Hope Church, we do not want to have a legalistic approach to discipleship. Instead, we are committed to leading people into a life-giving relationship with Jesus, training them in the truth, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their lives.
The second half of this passage dealt with Paul’s instructions to Titus on what to say to different groups of believers in the churches. In particular, he was concerned with the character of different generations, and how they interacted with one another. The takeaways from this passage are: 1) The great importance of sound teaching; 2) The importance of strong leadership; 3) The value of pouring into the next generation; and 4) To never underestimate what you have to offer Jesus.