This past weekend we launched into a new series that we’re calling, “Timeless Truths” – a study through the book of Titus.
Greetings from Paul
“1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. 2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. 3 And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him. 4 I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.”
Here are some takeaways from the first installment of our series entitled, “Grace Before Peace.”
- Much like the island of Crete when Paul wrote his letter to Titus whom was responsible for caring for and leading the church(es), we live in a day, age and culture that prides itself on relativism, including a large emphasis on relative truth(s) as well as relative circumstances.
- God’s Word is timeless; it is unchanging and perfect, remaining uncompromising and complete!
- Understanding our position in life and the kingdom of God leads us to adopting our purpose (what God would have from us and for us).
- Until we truly identify and accept WHO’s we are, we will never be fully capable of living out WHO we are!
- Facts change, but the truth of God never does!
- The truth of God’s word leads us to complete confidence.
- When considering what God would have from us and for us, we must recognize that the time is now! We are called to be a Christian community of action!
- Throughout Scripture, grace always precedes peace!
People search the world over in desperation of peace; a comfort and calm for their soul. Too often this search for peace leads to a lot of empty, cheap imitations that not only lack the ability to fill the void of peace that only God can fill, but it pulls us further away from knowing the grace and peace of God.
If as you read this collection of thoughts right now and you catch yourself wrestling with the idea of true and complete PEACE, I would argue that you need to ask yourself if you have ever experienced the GRACE of God. Until we recognize, accept and live out of the grace that can only come through Jesus Christ (G.R.A.C.E. // God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense), we will never experience that peace which surpasses all understanding.
I invite you to listen in to the Word from Sunday and ask God to prepare your heart to accept his grace and experience true peace.