The Source of Good Citizenship, Part 1
Scripture: Titus 3:3–3:7
The Source of Good Citizenship
Text: Titus 3:3-7
I. Remember the duties of good citizenship (3:1-2).
II. Remember the source of good citizenship (3:3-7).
A. Remember your pre-conversion state of bondage. 3:3
1. Foolish (aÓno/htoi).
2. Disobedient (aÓpeiqei√ß).
3. Deceived (plana¿w).
4. Slaves (Douleu/w).
5. Malice and Envy (kaki÷a, fqo/noß).
6. Hateful and Hated.
1. Reminding believers of their pre-
conversion state of bondage keeps believers from taking the gospel for granted and helps them to appreciate the magnitude of God’s goodness, loving kindness, mercy and grace.
2. Reminding believers of their pre-conversion state of bondage is intended to humble Christians and to help them lead their unsaved neighbors to Christ rather than hating them.
3. If believers are live out the duties of 3:1-2, they
must learn to see themselves the way God saw them before their conversion.
4. In seeing another man’s sin, a believer must labor to see his or her own.
5. Being reminded of our spiritual state prior to conversion engenders worship.
“To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
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