Doing Good Deeds

                                                                 by Norman Rockwell

                                                                 by Norman Rockwell

As Paul is winding up the letter to Titus, he uses the last few lines to once again emphasize the main point he has been making. In 3:12-15, he writes, "When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way so that nothing is lacking for them. Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful. All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all." The inspired apostle is reminding Titus and the church on Crete one last time of what the book is all about, or at least the last two chapters - Be involved in Christian works. He does so by providing 4 examples of how they (and in turn, also we) can be "DOERS OF GOOD DEEDS" ...

I. HELP THOSE WORKING IN THE CHURCH

     A. Titus is to be a help and support for Paul.

          1. Titus was called to be with Paul for the winter

          2. Paul probably had a job for Titus to do - II Tim. 4:13

     B. We also can help and support elders, deacons, preachers and teachers in the church.

II. SUPPORT GOD'S MISSIONARIES

     A. Artemas and Tychicus were on their way, and they were going to need help

     B. The Christians needed to make sure that they lacked nothing 

III. BEING FRUITFUL FOR OUR GOD

     A. The only way to not be "unfruitful" is to work.

     B. Be involved in the church's work ourselves - Edification, Benevolence, and Evangelism

IV. GREET THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS 

     A. It is a good deed to be involved in fellowship with the brethren

     B. It is a good deed to be showing the love of God to one another!

As Paul has hammered throughout the last two chapters of this epistle, it is simply not enough to come to services four hours a week and sit in a pew. It is not enough to have the right name we wear nor to hand a sign in front of the building. If we are proclaiming to be followers of Christ, we must walk with Him! There is too much work to be done, and the amount of time we have to do it in is, at best, uncertain. The Boys Scout slogan states, "Do A Good Turn Daily." Christians should also be doing these good deeds every day! So, just as the church in Crete was charged to do, may the church today be ENGAGED in GOOD WORKS!