Look for Good Works Titus 3:1-15 HCSB May 26, 2013
This letter happens to be among Paul’s last. We may say it certainly contains love and concern for Titus’ ministry and the church.
1. Look for Good Works with A . . Readiness to Do Them. 3:1-3
A. The . . Reminder of Our Readiness to do Good Works. 3:1-2
1Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
2 to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.
B. The . . Remembering of Our Past Life Void of Good Works. 3:3
3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captives of various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.
People can be ready for good works that are spiritual only if they have received the grace of God and His work in their life spoken of in verse 5-6. Earlier Paul said “the false teachers are “unfit for any good work” (1:16). In verse 2:14 Paul basically says, one of the purposes of the cross is to create a people “zealous for good works”. He gave Titus a reminder to be ready to do every good work. Paul and many of us can remember
our past life and some works not so good as we lived for the Devil. Paul certainly describes some horrible activities he and some of us were guilty of before the Lord Changed us.
2. Look for Good Works As . . Redeemed People. 3:4-8
A. People Redeemed Doing Good Works . . Motivated by His Mercy. 3:4-6
4 But when the goodness and love for man appeared from God our Savior,
5He saved us — not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the
washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
6This Spirit He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
B. People Redeemed Doing Good Works for . . Ministry Opportunities. 3:7-8
7so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
8This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God
might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone.
Because we are Christians we are motivated to do good works. His Spirit in us causes us to want to do as many good works as we possibly can. Do you note the Lord did not use works that man does to grant salvation
but it was His mercy. Do not force baptism into this verse the washing is an act of the Holy Spirit. By the way
Jesus said baptism was a righteous act. Here it is clear righteous acts do not bring salvation but an act of mercy.
Because He saved us we have ministries to do. We want to do good works in order that people might hear the gospel message and be saved and in turn become one who can be used to do good works..
3. Look for Good Works As We . . Reject Divisive People after Two Warnings. 3:9-11
A. Rejecting Divisive People . . Avoiding Foolish Debates. 3:9-10
9 But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and
10Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning,
B. Rejecting Divisive People . . Agreeing There Are Perverted. 3:11
11knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned.
The word translated divisive is the root word for our word “heretic”. I think that translation helps us better understand why we should warn these folks and then avoid them if they don’t change. I can enjoy a good debate
but not a foolish one or an endless attempt at pushing forth error. We should lovingly warn with the truth these kinds of people. Because of the rejection of the gospel Paul calls these people perverted and self condemned and no doubt we should agree.
4. Look for Good Works . . Regularly Do Good to Men Like Apollos . 3:12-15
A. Regularly Do Good . . Diligently Serving Others. 3:12-13
12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, make every effort to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have
decided to spend the winter there.
13 Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so that they will lack nothing.
B. Regularly Do Good . . Devotedly Serving Others. 3:14-15
14 And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they
will not be unfruitful.
15 All those who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.
Because we know God can and does use us to do good works we need to diligently serve others. Paul spoke of men who were taking the gospel to newer area and he felt they needed the help of these generous people. Not only were they to be diligent about their service but they needed to be devoted to the possibilities
of new works. I believe Apollos gave thanks to the Lord on many occasions for this kind of help and the knowledge of their prayers for him and the work. Paul certainly encourages us to Look for Good Works and then do them. Amen? Amen!