MUSINGSJune 20 2018


Titus 1:1-3
From Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I was sent to lead God’s chosen people to faith and to the knowledge of the truth that leads to a godly life. My message is based on the confidence of eternal life. God, who never lies, promised this eternal life before the world began. God has revealed this in every era by spreading his word. I was entrusted with this word by the command of God our Savior.

Paul (no longer using his Jewish name Saul but now known by his gentile name) is setting forth his credentials. They are:

  1. Servant of God

  2. Apostle of Jesus Christ

  3. Sent to lead

  4. Based on promise of eternal life

  5. Entrusted with the word

All who follow God are servants of God.

Apostles of Jesus were those personally chosen by Jesus.

Sent to lead people to knowledge of and belief in the truth that leads to eternal life.

His mission is based on the eternal promise of God who can not lie.

He was entrusted with the words of God to fulfill the purposes of God.

These are mighty strong credentials. Amen? However, as much as Paul is revered, his credentials are no greater than any follower of Christ Jesus. All who follow Jesus have the same commission … the same command: Then Jesus said to them, “So wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News. (Mark 16:15)


I am the church! You are the church!
We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus,
all around the world!
Yes, we’re the church together!
1. The church is not a building;
the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting place;
the church is a people.
2. We’re many kinds of people,
with many kinds of faces,
all colours and all ages, too
from all times and places.
3. Sometimes the church is marching;
sometimes it’s bravely burning,
sometimes it’s riding, sometimes hiding;
always it’s learning.
4. And when the people gather,
there’s singing and there’s praying;
there’s laughing and there’s crying sometimes,
all of it saying:
5. At Pentecost some people
received the Holy Spirit
and told the Good News through the world
to all who would hear it.

Author: Richard K. Avery

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams


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