The Invite - Season 1 - Episode 1

Literary - Titus 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

This is an invitation to grow through purposely thinking about scripture.

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

We believe memorizing scripture will transform your mind. and deepen your relationship with Christ.  "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."  Psalm 119:11
Ephesians 4:22-24
 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.

Memorization Tips
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

Prayer is our way of verbalizing our heart to God.  We invite you to grow with us by joining in prayers offered throughout history and connecting our hearts across time.
Our Father and Our God, we praise You for Your goodness to our nation, giving us blessings far beyond what we deserve. Yet we know all is not right with America. We deeply need a moral and spiritual renewal to help us meet the many problems we face. Convict us of sin. Help us to turn to You in repentance and faith. Set our feet on the path of Your righteousness and peace. We pray today for our nation’s leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it. You have said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” May this be a new era for America, as we humble ourselves and acknowledge You alone as our Savior and Lord. This we pray in Your holy name, Amen. 
 
Billy Graham's Prayer for the Nation 

Service - Titus 1

Our walk with God should inspire movement in our lives.  Here's an opportunity to use the passage to display God's love in a tangible way.
The church is always in need of good elders, and good elders are always in need of encouragement.
 
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

The soul's  response to God's activity in our lives is worship.  This an invitation to grow in our expression of our love for God.
As we begin digging into the Scripture about Godly leadership, this song is a call to faithfulness. Consider that there are those around you who are looking to you as they pursue their walk with God.  As you listen and meditate on these words, may they invoke a desire to rightly point others to Jesus

"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. 

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