When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful. All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. —Titus 3:12–15
Bethlehem Baptist Church of Minneapolis, MN, did a series of summer messages from the book of Titus. Here is David Mathis’ introduction and conclusion:
We come this weekend to the letter’s final four verses. This is Paul’s final chance to echo his main themes, and he does not disappoint. In fact, we may even say that the whole letter is summed up in these four final verses. I have in mind three main themes that resonate here….
…let’s increasingly be a people on mission, shaped by the Son who was sent by his Father on mission. And let’s increasingly be a people for others, in word and in deed, in action and in attitude, just as Jesus was for others and sought to do others the greatest good possible in dying for sinners. And let’s increasingly be a people of grace, like our Savior, the man of grace, who is the Grace of God incarnate.
Of grace, for others, and on mission—to the glory of God.