Good Deeds      Titus 3:1-14      05-30-05

The fundamentals of the faith produce good deeds.. Believe right and act right. This is very basic. As a young man I remember our church having Bill Glass, An All American Football Player, for a youth led revival. He talked to us about fundamentals in the Christian Faith. He said every year his football coach began the season talking about the fundamentals of the game, and displayed a football, saying: "This is a football." Sometimes you may feel like the teaching you hear, and give, is very basic, that may be true but also necessary. This lesson is basic and emphasizes Good Deeds.

1.    The . . Reminder for the Saints .To Do Good Deeds. v 1-4
        Paul reminds Titus to encourage a submissive spirit to those in authority; this is a
consideration all Christians need to incorporate. He, then, speaks of conduct to avoid and conduct to assimilate into the Christian life as we are not to be fighting, but to be gentle. (The words of our National Anthem "fight when we must, when our cause it is just; applies here.) Paul told Timothy, "Fight the good fight for the faith;" 1 Tim 6:12 (HCSB)." But our spirit, and deeds, must not be pugnacious. Our deeds should demonstrate freedom from the captivation of past passions and pleasures. Our lifestyles must be different.

    A.    The . . Consideration Reminder. v 1
            1.    Submissive . . Consideration. v 1a
                    "Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey,""
            2.    Stabilizing . . Consideration. v 1b
                    "to be ready for every good work,"

    B.    The . . Conduct Reminder. v 2
            1.    Conduct to . . Avoid. v 2a
                    "to slander no one, to avoid fighting,"
            2.    Conduct to . . Assimilate. v 2b
                    "and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people."

2.    The . . Captivated Reminder. v 3

    A.    Reminder of Captivation by Past . . Passions. v 3a
            " For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captives of various passions"

    B.    Reminder of Captivation by Past . . Pleasures. v 3a
            "and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another."

3.    The . . Reason for the Saints To Do Good Deeds. v 4-8 & 14
        God motivates His people through His love, Spirit, and justification, causing deeds profitable for everyone. Good deeds do not produce salvation, but salvation produces good deeds. Let me bring in a parenthetical truth. Paul says we are not saved by works of righteousness but by mercy. Jesus called baptism an act that would fulfill all righteousness, therefore baptism as an act of righteousness does not save; so those who claim you must be baptized to be saved are obviously in error. Because we have the Spirit of God in us He prompts us to good deeds. He is not just the reason for the Christmas season, He is the reason for all of our Christian Life. We produce good deeds as the fruit of the righteousness He provides.

    A.    Reason of . . God's Love. v 4-5
            4 But when the goodness and love for man appeared from God our Savior, 5 He
        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.

    B.    Reason of . . God's Spirit. v 6
            6 This [Spirit] He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

    C.    Reason of . . God's Justification. v 7
            7 so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
    D.    Reason of . . Godly Profit. v 8
            8 This 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.

    E.    Reason of . . Godly Fruit. v 14
            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.

4.    The . . Restrictions for the Saints In Doing Good Deeds. v 9-13
        Certain restrictions apply to the Christian desiring to perform good deeds. Our spirit needs
to restrict debates and disputes about genealogies, and refuse to quarrel over such matters. Some people need to be restricted, especially if they refuse a proper warning about their conduct.

    A.    Restrictions On . . Participation. v 9
            9 But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the
            law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

    B.    Restrictions On . . People. v 10-11
            10 Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a person is
            perverted and sins, being self-condemned.

5.    The . . Receptions for the Saints In Doing Good Deeds. v 12-13
        With a desire to encourage good deeds we will receive godly brothers recommended by other faithful Christians. One way to receive godly brothers will be to honor their request for financial assistance as we send them to do God's missionary calling in their life. Many times good deeds involve time, travel, and treasure. If we are not called to go; we are called to share in the sending. We multiply our good deeds through these efforts. Amen? Amen!

        A.    Receive . Brothers. v 12a
            12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus,

        B.    Receive . Bidding. v 12b
                1.    The Bidding of . . Travel. v 12b
                        " make every effort to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have decided to
                        spend the winter there.
                2.    The Bidding of . Treasure. v 13
                        "Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so that
                        they will lack nothing."