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   A Comprehensive Account of Our Salvation
   Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7
Sunday School,  January 19, 2014
This lesson is Part 2 of the session on Titus 2:11-14. You might think that you are sitting in an elementary theology class as we will be examining the doctrine of salvation. We will zero in on two key words from the text: regeneration and justification, words that are not understood by many believers. What does it really mean to be born again. Many will claim to be saved or born again, but what does that actually mean. Then we will conclude by looking how we are to live as born again Christians.

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   Titus Conclusion
   Titus 3:12-15
Sunday School,  January 12, 2014
The Apostle Paul concludes his epistle with an invitation to Titus to join him in Nicopolis. He sends two appointees, Artemas and Tychicus to be interim pastors on Crete while Titus is away. Then he gives one more reminder of what has been a major theme in the epistle - "maintain good works." As the pastor, Titus must model good works before the people (Titus 2:7). Titus 2:14 reveals one of the purposes why God saved us - that we might be "zealous of good works," always looking to perform them. We are to be "ready to every good work" in Titus 3:1 and again, we are to "maintain good works" in Titus 3:8. We need to remember that we are to be like Christ and Acts 10:38 states that He went about doing good

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   Final Instructions
   Titus 3:8-10
Sunday School,  December 29, 2013
This section deals with two major themes that are linked by performance - works and heretics. We are not saved by our works but our works give evidence of our salvation. This is a controversial issue because many people think they will get to heaven based on their good works. As Christians we are servants of the most high God. Our text declares that maintaining good works is good and profitable unto men. Verses 9 and 10 reveal controversial individuals - heretics, those who are bent on foolishness and divisive contentions. These are to be avoided and rejected before they divide the local body of Christ.

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   The Work of Salvation
   Titus 3:4-7
Sunday School,  December 22, 2013
Titus 3:4-7 is one long sentence and provides one of the most comprehensive accounts of our salvation. God our Savior is the source of our salvation and it came to us as a result of His kindness, love, mercy, and grace. We were totally depraved, helpless and hopeless sinners, but God saved us (Titus 3:5) from sin, death and hell and from all of the characteristics of our total depravity described in Titus 3:3. Every person of the omnipotent Godhead is involved in our salvation, God the Father (4, 5), God the Son (6) and God the Holy Spirit (5), resulting in our regeneration. Generation is one birth while regeneration is two births. A person must be born again in order to experience God's salvation.

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   Titus 3 1-3
   Titus 3 1-3
Sunday School,  November 24, 2013
This lesson examines Christian conduct amongst ourselves AND towards the world; also, the difference between Christians now and before salvation. Specifics concerning the Cretan church are also examined.

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   The Responsibility of Christian Slaves
   Titus 2:9-10
Sunday School,  November 10, 2013
It is estimated that there were about sixty million slaves in the Roman Empire. Most of them lived in a hopeless existence. Therefore, when the Apostle Paul and others came and preached the Gospel, slaves were among the first to receive Christ. It gave them a new hope for the future, changed their lifestyle and in many cases changed their status with their masters. As Christians, like the slaves back then, we have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20). Romans 6:22 reveals that we have been set free from sin, death and hell and have a new Master that has given us the status of sons - family - Christ ones.

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   Doctrinal Truth and Right Living
   Titus 2:6-8
Sunday School,  November 3, 2013
Right living is produced through careful attention to theological truth. That is the trust of Titus which is clearly seen in Titus 2:6-8. Clear doctrinal teaching will lead to right living. This would have been very important to Titus who was responsible for appointing mature pastors to oversee doctrinal purity and good conduct in Crete, an area known for heresy or false doctrine. God has called every Christian to be an example of the believer and to be zealous of good works, recognizing the watching world around us.

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   Practical Instruction for Men and Women; Old and Young
   Titus 2:1-5
Sunday School,  October 20, 2013
The Holy Spirit, through Paul to Titus, teaches us all how we are to behave as Christ is to be glorified.

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   The Heretics in Crete - Part 2
   Titus 1:6-10
Sunday School,  October 6, 2013
In this lesson, we look at the reasons Paul was concerned about the Cretan heretics.

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   The Heretics in Crete - Part 1
   Titus 1:5-16
Sunday School,  September 29, 2013
This lesson continues to study the qualifications of an elder from the book of Titus. Then we begin to study the heretics in Crete.

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   The Elders in Crete
   Titus 1:5-9
Sunday School,  September 22, 2013
Paul has an urgent task for Titus. Why is this so important? And what instructions does Paul give the Crete congregations (and other Christian congregations) concerning the pastors they should choose?

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   Paul's Introduction and Greeting to Titus
   Titus 1:1-4
Sunday School,  September 8, 2013
Paul introduces himself as a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ in verse 1 and in verse 4 he reveals Titus, to whom the letter is addressed. Titus is the overseer of the young churches on the Island of Crete and Paul refers to him as mine own son after the common faith. The words common faith refer to the whole body of revealed truth, which he refers to as sound doctrine (Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1,2, 8; 3:8). Paul's introduction is large, considering how short the epistle, yet it sets the theological tone with which Titus must teach in order to set the local churches in order (Titus 1:5).

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   Introduction to Paul's Letter to Titus - Part 2
   Titus
Sunday School,  September 1, 2013
When you study a book of the Bible, interpretation depends in part upon the understanding of the historical and literary background of that book. For we are so far removed in time and place from the original writing that we will simply plug in our modern ideas to the text and take away only something similar to what we already know. So we will begin our series in the Letter to Titus by examining three essential components of this letter: (1) The Genre of the Letter--What kind of writing is this? (2) The Recipient of the Letter: Who was Titus? (3) The Occasion for the Letter--Why did Paul write to Titus? (4) The Theology of the Letter--What doctrinal themes are important in this letter?

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   Introduction to Paul's Letter to Titus - Part 1
   Titus
Sunday School,  August 25, 2013
When you study a book of the Bible, interpretation depends in part upon the understanding of the historical and literary background of that book. For we are so far removed in time and place from the original writing that we will simply plug in our modern ideas to the text and take away only something similar to what we already know. So we will begin our series in the Letter to Titus by examining three essential components of this letter: (1) The Genre of the Letter--What kind of writing is this? (2) The Recipient of the Letter: Who was Titus? (3) The Occasion for the Letter--Why did Paul write to Titus? (4) The Theology of the Letter--What doctrinal themes are important in this letter?

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