4/23/17 – Titus: Stirring Up Division (Titus 3:9-11)
- In our striving for church unity, we must avoid majoring in the minors.
- God’s Word teaches us how to maintain unity and deal with those who stir up division.
Avoid Divisive Arguments (Titus 3:9)
- We must discern the difference between truths, trends, and traditions.
- Truths are the unchanging, unbending doctrines of God clearly presented in Scripture.
- Trends are the current and popular directions within a culture.
- Traditions are the doctrines accepted by some to have divine authority but not actually taught in Scripture.
- There is a difference between a hill to die upon and a bump to walk around.
- You can’t stop useless disagreements from happening, but you can avoid them.
- If you are the only person to ever discover a particular something in Scripture, there’s probably a good reason for that.
- Arguing about trivial details reduces the time to proclaim significant doctrines.
- Does this conversation profit the Church or proclaim the worth of Christ?
Avoid Divisive People (Titus 3:10-11)
- A divisive teacher is a false teacher (cf. Titus 1:16).
- Church discipline is when God’s people address divisive individuals with God’s truth for the sake of God’s glory.
- Warped – A warped believer is one who can’t stay on track.
- Sinful – As a teacher, obsessing over the fine details while neglecting the clear truth is a continual sinful practice.
- Self-Condemned – Refusing correction, the divisive person actually participates in his own accusation because he fights against unity in the Body.
- If the Church cannot agree upon the truth, how do we ever expect a broken world to hear it?
- Read your Bible.
- Take notes during sermons.
- Commit to a Bible study group.