Grow Up!

Titus 2:7-8 NAU in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity (moral soundness/integrity) in doctrine, dignified (proper behavior), sound in speech(speak healthy words) which is beyond reproach (can’t be criticized) , so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

Paul had left Titus in Crete to set up church leadership (1:5). The group of the circumcision faithfully followed Paul around to “correct” his converts. This group would bring in false teaching into the church (1:10-11). Spiritually immature Christians were starting to follow man’s legalistic teaching and Jewish myths (1:14). Sadly the spiritually mature Christians were not teaching the younger solid biblical truths and leading them by example, like they should have.Sound biblical doctrine was no longer being taught in this church.

Unfortunately, across America this same thing is happening. Churches are watering down the gospel to be less offensive to the church hopper and unsaved. Few are studying the Bible on their own. Spiritually mature men and women needs to step up and show the younger (by example) how to study the Bible. This needs to be done so they will be biblically sound in their teaching and so they will not be blown around by every wind of doctrine. (Eph 4:14)

It is time to grow up in Christ. A six month old baby sucking on a bottle is cute. What about when that baby turns the age of 5,10, 25, 50? Would that be cute? Absolutely not! You would question why they are not growing properly. This is exactly what many “Christians” are doing these days. They get saved but there is no spiritual growth. Churches across America are filled with 20/30/50 year old babies.

It is time to grow up!

Ephesians 4:14-16 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

Give thanks

I don’t know if there are others out there like me, but every now and then I struggle with going to church. Now it’s not the church’s fault, but sometimes as life pulls on you, you just don’t feel like worshipping, praying, or even serving. Today was one of those days. I felt like a mindless zombie going through the motions (you know: smiling, shaking hands, high fiving the kids,..), but when it came to the worship time, I just couldn’t sing. I felt that I had no song in me. Sunday school worship….nothing. Church worship…nothing. Three quarters through the evening service…nothing, …..until we came to the second to last song: Give Thanks.


GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
GIVE THANKS TO THE HOLY ONE
GIVE THANKS FOR HE’S GIVEN JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON
AND NOW LET THE WEAK SAY I AM STRONG
LET THE POOR SAY I AM RICH
BECAUSE OF WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE FOR US
GIVE THANKS…
Maybe you are confused about God’s will for your life and sometimes you don’t know how or what to pray for in your life. The one thing you can do is give thanks.
NAU 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Give thanks for who God is, for what he has done, for Christ saving you, or for what you currently have.
Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 109:30 With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the LORD; And in the midst of many I will praise Him.
Psalm 139:14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
Ephesians 5:20 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God…