The common faith

The common faith

Our common faith is faith in the affairs of the Lord Jesus Christ, i.e., “grace, mercy, and peace…” Titus 1:4

This is what God promised would change lives — his grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour – That’s what we share!

Paul says,

“For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee.” Titus 1:5 KJV

Two things you got to do;

  1. thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and
  2. ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee.

Set in order the things that are wanting,

“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: [11] Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. [12] One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.” Titus 1:10-12 KJV

  • evil workers; the insubordinate, idle talkers, false teachers, false prophets, and deceivers must be stopped. “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him , being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:16

This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.” Titus 1:13

Ordain elders!

“If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.” Titus 1:6

Ordaining elders is a sheer matter of fulfilling all righteousness. Peter says,

“Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. [17] For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. [20] For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. [21] Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, [22] Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. [23] And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. [24] And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men , shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, [25] That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. [26] And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” Acts 1:16-17,20-26

The lot fell upon Matthias; he had a proven track record and was blameless!

“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; [8] But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; [9] Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” Titus 1:7-9 KJV

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