Our sermon this week is entitled “Put Into Order.” We focus on Titus 1:5. What a change from the Samuel series where we often had to read pages of narrative and whole chapters in order to look at over-arching themes. In our text today, we are mostly drawing from one word in Greek, the term translated “put into order.” This kind of sermon is typical of our studies in the epistles. There is much here.
We will first speak about the many words for pastor. We will talk about the equality of pastoral authority but the diversity of roles. We will move into why elders are a required part of the local church and the consequences of going without. We’ll refute the idea that churches don’t need a pastor or officers. We’ll speak of the fact that God is a God of order and orderliness, and we’ll address why this is not only just relevant to you as a church member, but without question, it is vital to the church as a whole, on through the generations. Finally, we will ask “What is My Duty in the Orderly Church?” and catalog several ways you can participate in and support the pastoral ministry of a sound church.
Our public reading was Hebrews 13:7-19; Benediction was taken from the very next verses, Hebrews 13:20-21
Note – this is a “replacement sermon,” we had audio issues and the SUnday message did not get recorded. This is the same sermon, preached Monday morning. Enjoy!
7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. 19 I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. (ESV)
20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)