Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 34 Day 2

Our reading challenge for the day is Titus 1-3 and Philemon. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Titus 1 - Titus’ task was to appoint elders who would engage in teaching sound doctrine, thus protecting the saints against deceivers.

Titus 2 - Teaching is different for different groups. Yet underlying all of it is Jesus the redeemer who cleanses us for himself. As he cleanses us we grow in godly attitudes which sustain us in this world.

Titus 3 - As Jesus chose us and called us to faith we who have become obedient to God also become good members of our society. We devote ourselves to living a life of holiness in Christ because he loved us and saved us.

Philemon - Paul writes to a friend, Philemon, asking him to receive back a runaway slave who has become a Christian. While Paul does not request that Philemon should release Onesimus, he asks that he receive him as a brother in Christ. How do we view those who are different from us but for whom Christ died? Do we receive them as brothers and sisters?

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