Cascades Bible Church Sermon Notes | 9-23-12

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In this sermon on Titus 1:1-4, Pastor Brent Small defines Paul’s apostleship by discovering two of three “ministry descriptions” that Paul applies to himself. Paul has ministered the gospel on the island of Crete. He has left Titus on the island to establish order in the churches in every city. In Paul’s letter to Titus, he assigns Titus the task of establishing sound doctrine and godly living in the churches that will demonstrate credible Christian testimonies. At the outset of his letter, Paul begins with his apostolic ministry. He begins by defining the character and purposes of his apostleship. In doing so, he lays down a foundation of authority for his message and also for Titus’ ministry amongst the churches. In addition, Paul outlines his purpose in the letter, which perfectly parallels the purpose of his calling. In this message, Pastor Brent attempts to discover the final two of three ministry descriptions that define Paul’s apostleship.
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  • 1. Paul’s Apostleship Defined Titus 1:4 Pastor Brent Small www.CascadesBibleChurch.com
  • 2. Paul’s Purpose:Paul’s purpose in writing was to assign Titus with thetask of establishing sound doctrine and godly living that would produce credible Christian testimonies.
  • 3. Paul’s Purpose: As Paul’s purpose was being fulfilled in the CretanChristians and churches, they would demonstrate the following formula: Faith + Practice = Witness Sound Godly Credible Doctrine Living Testimony Fruit of Good Deeds
  • 4. Sermon Goal: Define Paul’s apostleship by discovering 3 “ministrydescriptions” so that we can lay the foundation of the authority of both the messenger and the message.
  • 5. First Description: Paul, the Ambassador. *A slave of God; *A representative of Christ;
  • 6. Second Description: Paul, the Messenger *The purpose of his message: -To develop our faith. -To produce godliness. -To reveal the gospel. -To obey his calling.
  • 7. Third Description: Paul, the Discipler.
  • 8. Paul’s Purpose:Paul’s purpose in writing was to assign Titus with thetask of establishing sound doctrine and godly living that would produce credible Christian testimonies.
  • 9. Paul’s Purpose: As Paul’s purpose was being fulfilled in the CretanChristians and churches, they would demonstrate the following formula: Faith + Practice = Witness Sound Godly Credible Doctrine Living Testimony Fruit of Good Deeds
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