Clayton & Micah Chancey

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The Sin of Self-Importance, Part 2

The Church is built by God. Scripture describes God as the architect (Isa 28:16, Matt 21:42-44, Rom 10:10-12), Christ as the cornerstone (Ps 118:22-23, Acts 4:11-12, Eph 2:20), believers as the building blocks (1 Pet 2:5-6, Eph 2:22), and the Church itself as God’s temple (2 Cor 6:16, Eph 2:21-22, Rev 3:12). Jesus promised in Matthew 16:18“I will build My Church.” Nothing in heaven or on earth can prevent the slow-moving, but inevitable progress of the Church that belongs to Jesus Christ (Dan 2:44, Matt 13:31-32, Rev 11:15). Self-important men are no exception.

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The Sin of Self-Importance, Part 1

The Church belongs to God. Scripture describes Him as planning it (Matt 25:34, Acts 15:14-18, Eph 3:4-7, Rev 13:8), purchasing it (Acts 20:28, Eph 1:7, 14, 1 Pet 1:18), building it (Matt 16:18, Acts 2:39, 47), preserving it (Jn 10:14-15, Eph 5:26-27), and indeed, owning it (2 Cor 4:5, Eph 1:22, Titus 2:14, 1 Pet 2:9). The Church – in both its universality and locality – exists to glorify Him (1 Cor 6:20, 10:31, 1 Pet 2:9-12, 4:11, Rev 15:2-4). That’s why division in the Church is so serious (Rom 16:17, 1 Cor 1:10, Eph 4:1-6, 1 Pet 3:8-9). That’s why humility in the Church is so important (Phil 2:5-13, 1 Pet 5:5-7). God does not share His glory with any man (Isa 42:8), and the Church – along with all the people, possessions, and programs within it – exists for God’s glory.

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Do Not Go Down To Egypt

“Ah, stubborn children,’ declares the Lord, who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit… who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction… Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!” (Isaiah 30:1-2, 31:1)

“It was often the fault and folly of the Jews, that when troubled by their neighbors on one side, they sought for succour from others, instead of looking up to God… See what dangers men run into who forsake God to follow their carnal confidences… God is displeased when He is distrusted, and when an arm of flesh is relied on, more than His power and goodness. It is foolish to lean on a broken reed when we have the Rock of Ages to rely upon.” (Matthew Henry)

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The Context of Jeremiah 29:11

As an American and biracial, it’s hard for me to understand the depths of ethnic loyalty possessed by most people in the world. To me, it exceeds reason and glosses over undeniable wrong. But, having read straight through Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, and 1 & 2 Kings, I have caught a sense of the hope and pride of Israel as a people group.

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Paul, Titus, and the Deceivers

As a missionary to Crete, Titus’ primary goal was to “appoint elders in every city” (Titus 1:5), but not just any elders – qualified elders. After Paul described the qualified elder in verses 5-9, he then revealed why such qualifications were necessary. False teachers posed a clear and present danger to the Cretan church, but they weren’t always easy to identify. So, in verses 10-16, Paul explains who they are and how to deal with them.

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Job and Works-Righteousness

Maybe it makes a pithier sermon. Maybe it’s a simpler Sunday School lesson. We’ve been led to believe that the book of Job is primarily about suffering, or “how to suffer rightly.” But the actual suffering narrative is only described in the first two chapters of a forty-two chapter epic. Physical suffering is simply the “inciting incident” that sets up the primary discourse.

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Paul, Titus, and the Elder’s Qualifications (Part 3)

The overarching requirement for an elder is that he be “above reproach.” This unflinching requirement is measured in three consecutive areas of a man’s life. In Part 1, we looked the elder’s family. Part 2 dealt with an elder’s personal character. In Part 3, we examine Paul’s standards for an elder’s abilities.

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Paul, Titus, and the Elder’s Qualifications (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at Paul’s standards for an elder’s family life. In Part 2, we look at Paul’s standards for an elder’s personal character.

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Paul, Titus, and the Elder’s Qualifications (Part 1)

A missionary’s goal must be to “appoint elders in every city.” And in Titus 1:5-9, Paul lists the qualifications required of any potential elders. It’s worth noting that the parallel list in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 was written regarding the church in Ephesus, a church with previously established elders. But Paul’s letter to Titus was written regarding the churches in Crete, where the one thing still “lacking” (1:5) was qualified church leadership. Titus’s missionary work was to identify men who matched this description, and cultivate these characteristics in their lives.

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Paul, Titus, and the Missionary’s Goal

Paul’s letter to Titus gives us a window into the methods, struggles, and goals of a first-century foreign missionary.

For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you.” (Titus 1:5)

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