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The Preacher's Work

Preachers, reread the little book of Titus and focus on the verbs. This is the work you are to be doing.

• “Set in order what remains” (1:5). You must address church problems, though not necessarily
all at once.

• “Appoint elders” (1:5). You don’t choose them. You teach the church how to (see Acts 6:1-6).

• “Reprove severely” (1:13). You can’t be all positive. Clear doctrinal sermons are required, ones that expose error, not just lessons on daily living.

• “Speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine” (2:1). Preaching must be balanced as well as truthful. Daily living sermons are required, not just doctrinal ones.

• “Show yourself an example of good deeds” (2:7). Live what you preach.

• “Speak and exhort and reprove with all authority” (2:15). Take a stand. Preach “thus saith the Lord.”

• “Remind them” (3:1). Most folks’ “forgetteries” work better than their memories.

• “Shun foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law” (3:9). Some fusses are not worth getting involved in.

• “Reject a factious man” (3:10). He can destroy faster than you can build.

And in 3:13-14, do not try to do everything yourself.

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