Every organization needs a mission statement. A mission statement defines your purpose — why you exist. The Great Commission is the church’s mission statement. In the Great Commission we have an authoritative command to make disciples of all nations. But why is this the mission? What is the nature of the mission? What is our motivation for mission?
Part 8 of Titus – Paul concludes his letter to Titus emphasizing his two main themes—keep the gospel in the forefront of the church’s concerns and let the gospel bear its good fruit in the church’s life. We would do well to heed this admonition ourselves!
Part 6 of Titus – The gospel that Paul preached is truth that leads to godliness (Titus 1:1). It is the good news of God’s grace at work in Jesus Christ to purify a people for himself who will be his special possession, eager to do what is good (Titus 2:14). Paul instructed Titus to “teach what is in accord with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1), and in our passage this morning Paul continues to instruct Titus (and us) about what such teaching entails. Here the focus is on what that good we are to be eager to do looks like as we live in the world.
Part 1 of Titus – Paul had planted a new church on the island of Crete, but he left the work unfinished. In this letter the Apostle commissions Titus to put what remained in order and to appoint godly leaders. As an introduction to this task, Paul introduces us to himself and to his message.