It is one thing to claim to believe in God. It is quite another to let that transition in your life. Paul gives the last of the "Trustworthy Statements" from the letters to Timothy and Titus in chapter 3 of the letter to the young preacher at Crete. In verses 8-10, the inspired apostle writes, "This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned." What kind of life does one who believes in God live? Paul makes it clear we cannot just sit in a pew! There are at least three activities mentioned here ...
I. God Believers engage in Good Deeds - v.8
A. Those which are good
B. Those which are profitable
II. God Believers shun Worthless Activities - v.9
A. Foolish Controversies
B. Discussions about genealogies
C. Strife and disputes about the law
D. Why? they are all unprofitable and worthless
3. God Believers deal with Factious Men - v.10
A. They reject them after 2 warnings
B. They know that such are:
Paul makes it clear that while belief in God is necessary, that belief must become evident in our lives. We must not just claim belief in God. It is not enough to just sit in the pew. We must be so motivated by that faith that we live a faithful life for Him!