We devote ourselves to good works, because we believe in God’s good work. This is the message we heard from Titus chapter 3 on our recent Sunday gathering, and it’s so formative for us as a church – particularly in this season.
As Rory Weightman preached, we were reminded of the things we had heard the week before when Cameron Clare had preached about the gospel that saves us, and re-forms us to be more like Jesus (Titus 2). Serving with good works is something that happens as we grow more like Christ, and it happens because we first believe in Christ Jesus. It’s a happening that really only occurs because something has happened to us – the Holy Spirit has renewed us inside-out for a new life (Titus 3:5), for a life of being devoted to good works.
So why is this is formative for us as a church this season? It’s because we are for the first time in the short history of this church-plant, ordaining and inducting our first home-grown eldership of Reforming Church. It’s because Rory and Cameron are going to be part of this new eldership, and they need to be formed by God’s word in their teaching and life of good works first because they teach it to others.
We are this season undertaking the very things that the Apostle Paul told Titus to do at Crete, ‘This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained in order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you’ (Titus 1:5). A couple of thousand years later, and a few thousand kilometres away from Crete, we in Bendigo are forming our new eldership.
With our minister Russ, Rory and Cam will make for the beginnings of an eldership that we pray will grow more like Christ, and grow over time in number, as the church grows more like Christ and in number – God willing. For it is God who gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:7), and we continue to pray that he would save, grow and re-form us as a church in Christ Jesus. For Jesus is the one in whom we believe in and by him have new life forever through forgiveness of sin and future hope (Titus 3:7).