54 minutes | Nov 25th 2020

Devoted to Good Works, not Foolish Controversy

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Rev. Dr. Christopher Jackson, pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Algoma, WI and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville, WI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Titus 3:9-15.


The Judaizing tendencies that were present among the Christians at Crete must be avoided. Nothing can be added to the salvation that is given by grace through faith in Christ. Controversy that contends for this true faith is needed; however, controversy over family history or simply for the sake of fighting is useless and foolish. Those who are intent upon stirring up division should be rebuked for refusing to let love accompany the truth. Such a rebuke, even if it leads to excommunication, is needed for the sake of the Christian congregation and for the sake of the individual, that he might be drawn anew to repentance. Paul mentions some of his coworkers in the Gospel as he concludes his epistle, encouraging Titus and the Cretan Christians to devote themselves to the good works that God has given them.


“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.

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