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Your Job

09 December 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 5-6; Titus 1-3

Scripture:


Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. (Titus 2:1 MSG)

Paul had left Titus with the new church on the Greek island of Crete with the responsibility of “setting things in order.” This involved establishing the community of faith; identifying, training, and appointing leaders; teaching the new converts how to live according to God’s plan. Big job. Lots of issues to deal with.

Paul told Titus not to worry about a lot of complicated things, matters of interpretation, end times events and the like. Rather, Titus was to “speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine.”

This is a very specific reminder to me of the calling God has given to Jean and me. For us it has always been about the foundational things – teaching about the practical matters of applying Bible truth in daily life. The course we wrote as curricula for the Bible Training Centres in the Caribbean and the UK – we called it Foundation For Christian Service. The many ministry trips we have made to Africa have primarily been to help establish Bible Training Centres around the FFCS course or to train pastors and leaders in the importance of foundation and to gift them with the FFCS material.

My primary job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine – nothing fancy, focused on life application. There are lots of other things Jean and I do in ministry, but that’s primary – that’s our job.

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for a clear reminder of what you called Jean and me to do. Help us to know how to obey the call, to fulfill the responsibilities of the task assigned, to speak into and speak out on the things that make for solid, livable doctrine and practice. And I pray for my friends who are reading this today – help each of them to know what is their primary focus in life and ministry – “their job.” We want to keep it simple. Amen.

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