Sunday Stillness – Watch what you say and how you act
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Of course, I start with a prayer for God to open the Scripture to me.
S – Say the passage aloud.
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good (Titus 1:16, NIVUK).
I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.
These are strong words. “They” refers back to the rebellious people, the mere talkers and deceivers in 1:10. Paul is comparing them to the “pure” as God made all things pure – for holiness and godliness.
M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.
“claiming to know God- but by their actions they deny Him”
How many people do this? I am thinking of people in church that I see leaving the parking lot yelling at their kids or ignoring someone they have a grievance with. People who watch movies that I don’t think God would approve of. People who are mean to others.
P – Pray for God’s Guidance
L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?
Wait a minute – I do this as well. Since we are all sinners we must be careful not to judge others – at least not judge that person. I think we can judge actions if they don’t line up with Christ’s teachings. But I must judge my own actions first.
It make me think twice before I speak and act. I must watch what I think and how I act if I want to avoid claiming to know God and by my actions deny Him.
E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.
Father God, we want to be followers, good followers. We want to “love what is good” and be “pure”. We want to be “sound in the faith”. Help us to see if we are falling away from your desires for us in any area of our lives. Help us to “encourage others by sound doctrine” and be bold enough to “refute those who oppose it”. Thank you for your word which stimulates our thinking and brings positive change in our lives. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
This is the end of my study of the first chapter of Titus, studied through the SIMPLE Bible Study method and Ed Hird’s book, Restoring Health – Mind, Body and Spirit. It has been a very enlightening exercise for me. Only 16 verses but so much packed into those verses. You can follow through my thinking by clicking on SIMPLE Bible Study.
Next week I start studying of chapter 2.
Apostle Paul warns us to watch what we say and how we act. (click to tweet)
TODAY IS SUNDAY STILLNESS.
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