My notes from John Stevens’ teaching on Titus 3 at the FIEC Leaders’ Conference 2015.
Our Hope: Trusting God’s Grace
Paul encourages Titus to teach the gospel and as the gospel is taught and people become godly it will lead them to doing good.
The call to Christians as disciples is to do good. People must learn to devote themselves to doing good.
Ministry is about teaching the gospel so people are taught to say “no” to ungodliness and be devoted to doing good.
1. What does it mean to be devoted to doing good?
Answer – doing good is using our resources of time and money to benefit others and meet their needs.
It is a deliberately generalised expression, but is about actions and activities not attitudes.
It is doing good in the ordinary roles of our everyday lives. It doesn’t require organised projects.
2. Who should we do good to?
Answer – everyone.
Including our enemies and those who are hostile to us. The focus here in Titus 3 is on those outside of the church.
False teaching was leading people to withdraw from the world to be godly. Paul says the opposite.
The gospel in the end leads you to do good to everyone. The goal of doing good is to commend the gospel to those who are unbelievers.
We are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good works.
Good works aren’t gospel ministry but they are the fruit and should be the inevitable fruit of gospel ministry.
3. Why should we do good to everyone?
Answer – because of what God has done for us.
Two reasons why we might not do good: i) The people we are doing good to don’t deserve it; ii) it won’t make any difference.
The gospel overcomes both of these reasons. The gospel motivates us to do good.
The gospel reminds us what we were. You were once like the people you are called to do good for.
The gospel reminds us what God has done for us. He is a God of mercy who does not treat us as we deserve.
The gospel reminds us how God has utterly transformed us. Remember how we’ve been changed and transformed. God can do that for others.
The gospel reminds us what God has in store for us.
People motivated by the gospel to doing good where God has put them may lead to the world seeing the different the gospel makes and give opportunities to speak of the hope we have.
Good works makes the gospel attractive.