How to be a TOUGH (but loving) Christian!

Titus 1:7-9 “An overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.  Rather, he must be hospitable,one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.  He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

 

  1. Being a radical Christian does not necessarily mean going around and blowing people out of the water and destroying their worldview with a Christian one.  Though that is part of it sometimes!  Though let’s be clear–our goal is not to defeat people, but rather reconcile them to Christ and His true–not beat them.  Instead being a radical Christian is most notably known by WALKING BY THE SPIRIT.  If someone can deny their fleshly desire to live for themselves–even doing good things in order to feel more accepted by God–and instead do everything purely for God and others–they are radical Christians.  Titus gives us an example above of how an overseer lives radically.  If you have ever tried to fully do these things, then you know it is radical
  2. Knowing the truth of the gospel and not moving from it.  To be a tough Christian means that we stand firm in the faith that we have, regardless of what other people say is the truth.  We are banking on something just like they are, but people’s salvation banks on us not being shaken.  We must remain steady even when it hurts so that others know what to come back to when their false worldview falls apart.
  3. ENCOURAGE people.  This is tough because often we want to gossip about people’s mistakes instead.  It takes leadership and courage to approach people and help them through tough times or correct them when they are not quite getting it.  We should not be simply giving each other lip service about our common faith and saying everything is going to be alright.  We must help each other and show each other God’s truth, sometimes confirming what others are doing and telling them what they are doing right, and other times, correcting them and showing them the error of their ways.
  4. REFUTE teachers of incorrect doctrine.  If someone preaches another gospel, Paul tells us right here that we are authorized to refute it.  The dictionary defines “refute” as “prove (a statement or theory) to be wrong or false; disprove.”  This is apologetics everyone!  We have men in our midst who are passionate about this, we must make this a priority.  As OVERSEERS, our job is to keep people walking down the straight and narrow which includes beliefs and actions.

So, if you want to be a radical Christian leader today you should learn the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5) and do them, encourage other people in their personal walks with the Lord and taking it upon yourself to move them in the right direction (sometimes shouldering their burden), and also aggressively, but in love, passionately standing for the exact truth of the gospel no matter what the cost!

Live the truth, Love those trying to, and stand up against wrong doctrine!

God bless you all today!

 

 

 

 

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