√ Re·new·al: the replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run-down, or broken
Titus 2 [NIV]
– 1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.
My words today are Paul’s words from Titus 2. They are “quoted truth” and details that matter. They emphasize renewal is a personal blessing but God has a Kingdom purpose for it. Paul reminds people of any age or status in life that personal renewal is “so” much greater than personal benefit.
“These, then, are the things you should teach… while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
– so that no one will malign the word of God.
– so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
– so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”