Dearest Hope Family,
With this coming Sunday’s sermon, we will complete our study of the book of Titus – that brief letter from the apostle Paul to his trusted colleague in ministry, Titus, who is laboring to lead a fledgling church from infancy to maturity in the midst of extremely unpromising circumstances on the island of Crete. Paul’s burden for Titus then and for us now is that sound doctrine—salvation through the grace and peace of Jesus Christ—would be embodied in practice and lived beautifully.
Almost a year ago when we were planning the preaching series for this year, we did not have Titus in the lineup. Instead we were designing a shorter series of sermons as a primer on Christian involvement in politics and a ramp up to what we thought would be a very trying and perhaps even-more-than-usual divisive election season.
In choosing Titus we did not abandon that initial goal; rather, we sensed a chance to root that timely and much needed reflection on being Christian in an election year in the larger framework of sound doctrine embodied in practice and lived beautifully.
This Sunday as the crescendo of our study of Titus we will listen to the wisdom and instruction of the apostle Paul about being a Christian in a political reality—our duty, our goals, our manner, and our power source for adorning our profession of Jesus as Savior.
Please pray that God would give us ears to hear from his word and the grace to respond well in such a tumultuous season.
To prime the pump, I leave you with some very direct and simple advice from John Wesley writing centuries ago:
“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged the most worthy; 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against; and, 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
Grace and peace,