“A Servant in the Presence of our Enemies…!”

Our world is changing and the Church needs to keep up. One area enemies focus on is leadership. What do family, friends, neighbors, or strangers say when you say “pastor”? What comes to your mind when you hear the word pastor? Paul is going to give Titus the “standard” expected by God for these leaders…You can expect these qualities in your leaders as well!
Verse 5
“The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”
Cause – charin – Specific purpose, priority (Eph. 3:14)
Left – kataleipō – under orders (1 Thess. 3:1)
Set in Order – epidiorthoō – straighten out, bring back into right standing (Isa. 58:12)
Wanting – leipō – destitute, failing, inferior (Jas. 1:4)

Ordain – kathistēmi – appoint, place over, administer (Matt. 25:21)

Elders – presbyteros – leaders (Church), managers, administer justice (Acts 14:23)

Appointed – diatassō – arrange, prescribe (1 Cor. 7:17)

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Verse 6

“An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.”

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, (1 Tim. 3:10)

Husband – anēr – man, male adult (never used of the female sex)(1 Tim. 3:2)

Wife – gynē – general term for betrothed/married woman (1 Tim. 3:11)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Tim. 4:12)

Accused – katēgoria – charged, confirmation of wrong doing (1 Pet. 3:16)

Riot – asōtia – no restraint, debauchery, reckless (1 Pet. 4:4)

Unruly – anypotaktos – uncontrollable, disobedient (1 Tim. 1:9)

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I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

Our world is changing and the Church needs to keep up. One area enemies focus on is leadership. What do family, friends, neighbors, or strangers say when you say “pastor”? What comes to your mind when you hear the word pastor? Paul is going to give Titus the “standard” expected by God for these leaders…You can expect these qualities in your leaders as well!

Verse 5

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”

Cause – charin – Specific purpose, priority (Eph. 3:14)

Left – kataleipō – under orders (1 Thess. 3:1)

Set in Order – epidiorthoō – straighten out, bring back into right standing (Isa. 58:12)

Wanting – leipō – destitute, failing, inferior (Jas. 1:4)

Ordain – kathistēmi – appoint, place over, administer (Matt. 25:21)

Elders – presbyteros – leaders (Church), managers, administer justice (Acts 14:23)

Appointed – diatassō – arrange, prescribe (1 Cor. 7:17)

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Verse 6

An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.”

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, (1 Tim. 3:10)

Husband – anēr – man, male adult (never used of the female sex)(1 Tim. 3:2)

Wife – gynē – general term for betrothed/married woman (1 Tim. 3:11)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Tim. 4:12)

Accused – katēgoria – charged, confirmation of wrong doing (1 Pet. 3:16)

Riot – asōtia – no restraint, debauchery, reckless (1 Pet. 4:4)

Unruly – anypotaktos – uncontrollable, disobedient (1 Tim. 1:9)

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I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

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Verses for A Servant in the Presence of our Enemies

Titus 1:5-6

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.

Ephesians 3:14

For this reason I kneel before the Father…

1 Thessalonians 3:1

So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.

Isaiah 58:12

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

James 1:4

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Matthew 25:21

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Acts 14:23

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

1 Corinthians 7:17

Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.

1 Timothy 3:10

They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve

1 Timothy 3:2

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Timothy 3:11

In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Peter 3:16

keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

1 Peter 4:4

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

1 Timothy 1:9

We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

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“In the Presence of my Enemies…!”

“In the Presence of my Enemies…!”
Ever felt surrounded? Trapped? Isolated? Alone? Especially around those who are looking for a reason to justify their current condition? Titus was placed “behind enemy lines” but Paul thru the Holy Spirit gave a survival manual…

Verse 1

“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness”

Paul – Paulos – “small or little” (1 Cor. 1:26-29)

Servant – doulos – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests (Col. 3:24)

Apostle – apostolos – a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders, Christian teachers (1 Cor. 12:28)

Faith – pistis – conviction of the truth, trust and holy fervour (Matt. 8:10)

Elect – eklektos – picked out, chosen, the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent (1 Pet. 2:9)

Acknowledging – epignōsis – precise and correct knowledge (Rom. 10:2)

Truth – alētheia – what is true in any matter under consideration (1 Cor. 13:6)

Godliness – eusebeia – reverence, respect toward God, godliness (1Tim. 6:6)

Ever felt surrounded? Trapped? Isolated? Alone? Especially around those who are looking for a reason to justify their current condition? Titus was placed “behind enemy lines” but Paul thru the Holy Spirit gave a survival manual…

Verse 1

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness

Paul – Paulos – “small or little” (1 Cor. 1:26-29)

Servant – doulos – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests (Col. 3:24)

Apostle – apostolosa delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders, Christian teachers (1 Cor. 12:28)

Faith – pistisconviction of the truth, trust and holy fervour (Matt. 8:10)

Elect – eklektospicked out, chosen, the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent (1 Pet. 2:9)

Acknowledging – epignōsisprecise and correct knowledge (Rom. 10:2)

Truth – alētheiawhat is true in any matter under consideration (1 Cor. 13:6)

Godliness – eusebeiareverence, respect toward God, godliness (1Tim. 6:6)

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Verse 2

in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time

Hope – elpisjoyful and confident expectation (Rom. 12:12)

Lie – apseudēswithout concept of a lie, truthful (Num. 23:19)

Promised – epaggellomai – announcement, engage voluntarily, has skill to assure the action (Heb. 6:13)

Before – pro – in front of, priority to (Eph. 1:4)

Began – chronos – measured time (Gal. 4:4)

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Verse 3

and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior

Appointed – idios – pertaining to self, private, personal (Jn. 13:1)

Time – kairos – fixed, definite, decisive event, season (Rom. 5:6)

Manifest – phaneroō – make visible (not discovered), realize (taught), recognize (2 Cor. 4:10)

Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (Heb. 4:12)

Preaching – kērygmaproclamation by herald or public crier (1 Cor. 1:21)

Committed – pisteuō – persuade, entrust, conviction (1 Thess. 2:4)

Command – epitagēinjunction, mandate, decree (Rom. 16:26)

God – theosthe Godhead, Trinity (Matt. 5:8)

Savior – sōtēr – Deliverer, Preserver (Jude 1:25)

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Verses for In the Presence of my Enemies

Titus 1:1-3

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,

1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

Colossians 3:24

since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

1 Corinthians 12:28

And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.

Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Romans 10:2

For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.

1 Corinthians 13:6

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

1 Timothy 6:6

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Numbers 23:19

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Hebrews 6:13

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,

Ephesians 1:4

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Galatians 4:4

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

John 13:1

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Romans 5:6

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

2 Corinthians 4:10

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Hebrews 4:1

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

1 Corinthians 1:21

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:4

On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

Romans 16:26

but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Jude 1:25

to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.