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BELIEVERS ARE PROTECTED

JAN 23 | SCOTT GROSSENBACHER
ST. CHARLES
TITUS 1:9–16

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: ‘Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.’ This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Titus 1:9-16 (NIV)

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-16a (NKJV)

How Do Godly Pastor’s Protect Jesus’ Church?

1. Teach SCRIPTURE Faithfully.

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine...” Titus 1:9a (NIV)

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.” Acts 17:11 (NLT)

“Heresy is picking out what you want to believe and rejecting, or at least ignoring, the rest.” -- A.W. Tozer

How Do Godly Pastor’s Protect Jesus’ Church?

2. Refute FALSE TEACHERS Boldly.

““He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: ‘Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.’ This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.” Titus 1:9-14 (NIV)

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NIV)

“I would be a coward if I saw God's truth being attacked and remained silent without giving a sound. Even a dog will defend his master when he is attacked, and I can do no less.” --John Calvin

“Today’s church cannot remain faithful if it tolerates false teachers and leaves their teachings uncorrected and unconfronted.” – Dr. Albert Mohler

How Do Godly Pastor’s Protect Jesus’ Church?

3. Model OBEDIENCE Personally.

“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” Titus 1:15-16 (NIV)

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-16a (NKJV)

“The person who has believed will yearn to obey. Because we retain the vestiges of sinful flesh, no one will obey perfectly, but the desire to do the will of God will be ever present in true believers...That is why faith and obedience are so closely linked throughout Scripture.” – Dr. John MacArthur