The Source of Good Citizenship, Part 1
Topic: Citizenship Scripture: Titus 3:3-7
In Titus 3, Paul issues four directives to help believers live as models of good citizenship so that they may facilitate rather than hinder the evangelistic mission of the church and thus positively benefit their unbelieving neighbors (3:8).
We looked at Paul’s first directive in 3:1-2- Remember the duties of good citizenship. In 3:1-2, Paul lists seven civic duties (i.e., “good works”) that he wants Christians to model as good citizenship in order to “adorn” (2:14) the gospel by their godly conduct and thereby avoid offending their unbelieving neighbors but hopefully win them to Christ.
These seven civic virtues lead us to a vital question, namely, How is it possible to live the way Paul exhorts in an uncivil society? Paul gives the answer in Titus 3:3-7, where he exhorts believers to remember the source of good citizenship.