The Christian Life Is Given by God’s Mercy
Rev. Jacob Dandy, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Terra Bella, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Titus 3:1-8.
Christian living at home extends into Christian living in the world. The order that God provides under civil authority is intended for our good; Christians are submissive in thanksgiving to God’s gifts. Not only in relation to governing authorities, but in relation to all people the Christian’s life stands in complete contrast to the way of the world. The pattern of life set by the world is absolutely horrible. Although neither Paul nor Titus nor any person can save himself from this emptiness, God can and does. He has done so completely out of His mercy. This grace has appeared in the water and Word of Holy Baptism, which has taken us out of the worthless ways of the world and brought us into the new life that is found in Jesus alone.
“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.