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But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.

Titus 2:1 (NASB)

Do we stand out for our service of God and the gospel, in the home, community, church? I remember brethren who from years gone by who I was honoured to be mentored by, and who were esteemed by many for their service of the gospel throughout Fife and Scotland. We can find such an example of an unnamed brother in Christ “whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 8:18). This unnamed individual was sent by Paul with Titus to the Corinthian church; he stood out for the gospel.

In our verse from the pen of Paul to Titus, we find how as believers we can stand out for the gospel where we are. As servants of God we are called to be His bullhorn for the gospel, but how do we know what to say? To find the answer we step back into the first chapter:

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

Titus 1:9

We cannot speak sound doctrine unless we first feed on it, from the Word of God. With His Word within us, we can recognise it when we hear it from other brethren, share effectively with others the Good News, and importantly be able to refute false doctrine when we hear it, which will contrast to the good doctrine we have consumed ourselves. Thus for us to fulfill the calling of today’s verse we must first fill up with the Word of God.

Dear reader, do you wish to stand out for God? Read His Word daily and study it avidly; then you will be endowed to “speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.” Do this my friend and I guarantee you that in this godless world that you will stand out for God, like a beacon on the hill.

9 thoughts on “Standing Out

  1. Well said Alan. My current prayer is and has been, as you have written, to effectively share the Good News to others. Thank you for this important reminder that we need to first be fed from the Word of God.

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  2. “We cannot speak sound doctrine unless we first feed on it, from the Word of God. With His Word within us, we can recognise it when we hear it from other brethren, share effectively with others the Good News, and importantly be able to refute false doctrine when we hear it, which will contrast to the good doctrine we have consumed ourselves.” Such a powerful truth Alan! One that needs to be said again and again at every church until it sinks in. One thing I am struck by in older devotionals such as Spurgeon’s or Chamber’s is that the scriptures are interwoven without reference. However if you pick us a modern updated version of the same devotional the editors have inserted the scripture reference. It was a somber realization for me as it points to the Biblical illiteracy for many of today’s readers.

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    1. Thank you for you encouraging words Beth. The wee book of Titus has had quite an effect on me recently, which probably can be seen in my verbose writing on it. I can certainly recognise what you are saying about victorian devotionals in contrast to modern reprints; I remember having a later edition of “Pilgrim’s Progress” which had scriptures in every page, which effectively ruined the readability of the book. Certainly the brethren of that era knew their Bible sufficiently not to require such references.

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