A job description for church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 5

Hey church leader, have you ever thought that you go to a lot of meetings? So often in contemporary American church life, church leadership teams (elder boards, sessions, etc) have a lot of meetings. It can leave church leaders wondering if there is more to their role. There is more to their role! Or atContinue reading “A job description for church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 5”

Non-negotiable qualities of church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 4

In Titus 1:5-9, Paul says leaders of the church should be blameless. This week we have been looking closely at this passage to see if we can learn what blameless leadership is all about. In today’s post, we see that Paul tells Titus to look for leaders who have demonstrated a number of qualities thatContinue reading “Non-negotiable qualities of church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 4”

Can women be leaders in the church? Titus 1:5-9, Part 3

Can women be leaders in the church? What is your church’s position on this? After establishing blamelessness as the baseline requirement for church leaders, Paul goes on to describe how blameless church leaders handle their lives in Titus 1:6-7. Blameless leaders will have demonstrated four things: Be a husband Of one wife Have faithful childrenContinue reading “Can women be leaders in the church? Titus 1:5-9, Part 3”

The one word that should define church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 2

What one word do you think should define church leaders? In part 1 of this week’s posts on Titus 1:5-9, we learned that Paul had sent Titus to the Island of Crete to appoint leaders in the churches there. So what kind of people should Titus be looking for to be leaders of the church? Continue reading “The one word that should define church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 2”

Appoint or Elect? How should we select leaders in the church? Titus 1:5-9, Part 1

I recently heard the story of a pastor who got in a predicament.  The story goes like this: “A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short on time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under his windshield wiper thatContinue reading “Appoint or Elect? How should we select leaders in the church? Titus 1:5-9, Part 1”

What Christians need: Grace, Peace…and Titus? Titus 1:1-4, Part 5

What do you need? A million bucks? I often daydream about how a million dollars would free up my life. But that’s not really what I need. What do we need? We conclude this week’s blog posts on Titus 1:1-4 today looking at what Christians need. If you haven’t read the previous four posts, IContinue reading “What Christians need: Grace, Peace…and Titus? Titus 1:1-4, Part 5”

False Ideas Christians Believe About…Church

How many of you watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just about a year ago?  Do you remember the preacher?  It was an American, Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church.  I remember listening to that sermon thinking to myself, “Wow, that guy just brought an astounding message.”  But in theContinue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…Church”

Is eternal life a real thing? Titus 1:1-4, Part 4

Take a look at Titus 1:2.  There is a repeated word in the original Greek in which Paul wrote, but for some reason the English translations I looked at don’t repeat it.  Here is how verse two would look if that word were repeated: “in hope of life eternal, which was promised by God, whoContinue reading “Is eternal life a real thing? Titus 1:1-4, Part 4”

False Ideas Christians Believe About…Money

Today, as continue our series on False Ideas that Christians believe, we are fact-checking statements about money and generosity. You can’t outgive God. Give and you will receive. It’s my money; I worked hard for it. Money is the root of all evil. Let’s start with… On the surface, this one is true.  God isContinue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…Money”

Find truth in a world of fake news – Titus 1:1-4, Part 3

Truth does not seem to be in good standing in our culture.  Facebook recently reported that they deleted over 3 billion fake accounts.  This means there are a lot of people who want to influence others around the world with untruth.  Fake news!  Our previous sermon series was all about false ideas that Christians believe,Continue reading “Find truth in a world of fake news – Titus 1:1-4, Part 3”