For Wednesday Jan 4 – Everything Is Not Black Or White

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Our study concerns the letters written by Paul to Timothy and Titus.

How does Paul describe both Timothy and Titus? (1 Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4).

Timothy was left at __________________________ (1 Timothy 1:3), Titus was left at ____________________ (Titus 1:5).

Paul told Timothy to do the work of an _________________________ (2 Timothy 4:5).

What does he tell Titus to do (2:1, 2:15, 3:8).

Paul wrote to Timothy so that he would know how to conduct himself in the ______________ of God, which is the _________________ of the living God (1 Timothy 3:15).

Paul instructed Titus to ______________ in order the things that are __________________  (Titus 1:5).

EVERYTHING IS NOT BLACK OR WHITE

Something interesting about Timothy and Titus concerns how each responded to the debate over circumcision.  The law commanded all Jewish males be circumcised (Lev.12:3). After Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead and the gospel began to be preached to both Jews and Gentiles a great controversy arose over whether or not Gentile converts had to be circumcised to be saved. (See Galatians 5:1-6 and Acts 15:1-5)

Neither Timothy nor Titus had been circumcised when they began working with the apostle Paul.  A deliberate decision was made in each case, but interestingly, the decisions was different.  Read the about the circumstances of each case:

Galatians 2:1-5

Acts 16:1-3 (this was evidently later than the incident with Titus which probably took place in Acts 15).

Why do you think Timothy submitted to circumcision but Titus did not?

Circumcision is not an issue today but what principles or attitudes do you see that we could apply to our work?

 

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