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Paul's instructions to Titus shift away from different age groups in the local church, and land directly upon the young pastor himself. The character of the main teaching pastor of the local church is to be exemplary in every respect.

Matthew 10 contains a sermon by Jesus that is often overlooked (possibly because it is overshadowed by the greatness of the Sermon on the Mount a few chapters earlier). But this sermon to the Apostles is rich in truth and is practically helpful for us even today.

Much can be learned from observing the Lord's deliberate grouping of the Apostles. In this lesson we take note of the fact that they are always grouped in Scripture into 3 different groups of 4 men, and that each group reveals something important about how Christ uses his servants in his ministry.

Paul's instruction to Titus concerning the young men in the church is slightly different from the other age groups, yet it comes with a great and noble task - to be a model of good works by living a life restrained by the truth of Scripture.

The Lord of the harvest has authority and power to bring in his harvest by whatever means he wills, and so Jesus calls to himself the Twelve apostles whom he will send out into the world.

The fruit of sound doctrine in the church should also yield a kind of purity in younger women which is manifest in their marriage, in their family, and in their occupational pursuits.

Loving

Love for others is to be a hallmark trait of Christians, and we believe that our love for others begins with our love for God himself. This is why our commitment is to prioritize knowing God in his Word so that we might fear him, love him, obey him, and love those around us as we ought.

When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, his said this:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37–40 ESV)
 

Proclaiming

The Apostle Paul specified the theme of his message in Colossians 1:28 - “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

And it is our solemn hope that we would do everything possible to make Jesus Christ known in what we teach - to children, to our community and to our congregation from the pulpit. He is the Lord of all, and must be proclaimed with priority and power. His perfection and deity, and his work on the cross and his resurrection form the realities that we seek to make known - both in our teaching and in our living.

Whether in the pulpit via expository preaching, or in a children's class with a familiar story, we seek to faithfully herald the truth of God alone.

Serving

The ultimate act of service was done for us when Jesus died in our place on the cross. And we draw strength from his grace towards us that we might demonstrate grace in service to others. This reality is perhaps nowhere better described than in 1 John 4:11 - 

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."

May our knowledge of God and our desire to exalt Christ lead us to serve others through the power of the Spirit.