February 26, 2017
Titus: Doing Good
Our series on Titus concluded with this message from Pastor Andy on Titus 3. One of the things that stands out about this chapter is Paul’s emphasis on teaching Christians to be devoted to doing good. He mentions this three times in this chapter, and once at the very end of chapter 2. Paul is emphasizing doing good so much because it’s vital to our witness for Jesus, and it’s so easy for us to forget about it. It’s scary. There are a thousand ways to do good, and none of them happen inside of our comfort zone. It’s also important for us to remember that we aren’t saved by good works, but we are saved for good works.
Verses 3-7 comprise an important statement, something Paul calls a “trustworthy saying.” These verses tell the story of the Gospel: how we used to be, what God has done for us, and how we can be now because of Jesus Christ. Before Christ, our lives were filled with foolishness and deception, and we were enslaved to all kinds of passions and pleasures. But then God’s kindness and love appeared in the person of Jesus, and he saved us – not because we did a bunch of good things to earn salvation, but because he is merciful.