The Invite - Season 1 - Episode 1
What is a letter?
When reading an epistle in the New Testament, it is helpful to remember that the auther was writing a letter and his thoughts flowed from this perspective. Why is this important?
Who is the author? The author is writing from a position to a position and the thoughts will be within this positional realm. Why is it important that Paul gives his credentials? What authority does his credentials assume?
Who is the intended reader? An apostle writing to a pastor carries a different weight than a commentator writing to an obscure blog audience. Consider verse 11 (Titus 1) when it commands, "they must be silenced". Why is it important to recognize that this command is being written to a pastor?
What is our personal response? All scripture is given to all people. Even a letter to a pastor has a purpose for us. Considering the command in verse 11 (Titus 1) was an apostle giving directive to a pastor, what could be your personal role with such a command?
Critical Thinking - Titus 1
The reason I put you in Crete was that you might put things in order … ( Titus 1:5 ESV)
Is our church in order?
Give serious thought to each position in this first chapter and the people holding these positions in our church.
Are the positions being upheld with respect to Titus 1?
Are you maintaining your integrity in the positions you hold with respect to Titus 1? (vs 10-16 are for all people in the church)
Remembering Scripture - Titus 1
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
In Titus 1 Paul explains to Titus the qualifications for Christian leadership. As we strive to become this kind of leader, Ephesians 4:22-24 reminds us to renew our minds by putting off the old self and putting on the new, all through the power of the Holy Spirit.
While this verse is displayed in the ESV, we can memorize in the version most meaningful to us. Additionally, there is not a rule saying every verse we memorize must be in the same version. Mix it up!
For additional help memorizing, you can use BibleMemory.com. This link will take you to our church page where verses from The Invite are listed. There are numerous options for memorizing with the free app and the website. Also included is a group of practice verses. You can also add your own verses, in any version.
Prayer - Titus 1
Billy Graham's Prayer for the Nation
Service - Titus 1
Think of the list of elder qualifications and who might be qualified for the future. Suggest them to the pastor with a list of whys. But pay attention; do this with humility, knowing that leadership tends to have fuller pictures than us, and leave the suggestions at that … suggestions.
Show the current elders some appreciation:
Give some specific words of affirmation.
Show them some care.
Ask them how you can pray for them.
Pray for them and let them know you are praying for them.
Worship - Titus 1
"Find Us Faithful"
We're pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road,
And those who've gone before us
Line the way.
Cheering on the faithful,
Encouraging the weary,
Their lives a stirring testament
To God's sustaining grace.
O may all who come behind us
Find us faithful,
May the fire of our devotions
Light their way.
May the footprints that we leave,
Lead them to believe,
And the lives we live
Inspire them to obey.
O may all who come behind us
Find us faithful.
Surrounded by so great
A cloud of witnesses,
Let us run the race
Not only for the prize,
But as those who've gone before us.
Let us leave to those behind us,
The heritage of faithfulness
Passed on thru godly lives.
After all our hopes and dreams
Have come and gone,
And our children sift thru all
We've left behind,
May the clues that they discover,
And the mem'ries they uncover,
Become the light that leads them,
To the road we each must find.