The Intentional Father
“For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.”
Titus 3:3-8 NKJV
These Scriptures are the Gospel in a nutshell. Things that should be insisted in the the growth of a church.
How does a church raise effective disciple makers?
How do we become intentional fathers?
Right belief leads to right conduct. The book of Titus is about about right conduct.
Chapter 3 is about our conduct in society.
Our conduct can either turn people towards Jesus or away from Him.
You and I wear the coat of Christ. The world watches out behavior.
This passage instructs us in our conduct as believers.
3 Vital Principals for Intentional Discipleship Making
If we are unwilling to submit, we are unwilling to commit. (Titus 3:1) Submit to authority, ready to do good work. Be countercultural to the ways of the world. Submission is key.
Submit your temperament (Titus 3:2)
Model a life of submission, especially as fathers. (Colossians 3:20-21) What you are is what your children will become. Don’t leave a fatherhood scar on the children.
If we don’t master our passions, we cannot fulfill our purpose. (Titus 3:3)
Titus 3:3 describes our previous life and what used to be. Don’t be caught in your passions.
When we are driven by pride, ego and stubbornness of heart we will be drawn to elicit temptations.
We have to crucify our flesh and deal thoroughly with sin. Walk in your redemptive, regenerated nature. (Titus 3: 5-7)
We have a freedom to live a life that pleases Him.
The sin that can destroy you can no longer hold you cause of what Jesus did. But we need to make a decision to deal with sin
Model of a life of sanctification. (Ephesians 6:4)
We as believers and fathers need to live a life that models that:
Jesus is Lord. Jesus is my only Lord.
Bring children up in the way of righteousness- in relation to the law, holiness- in relation to the world, godliness- in relation to God.
Father’s need to live a life of faith and leave a legacy for our children.
If we are distracted in our walk, we cannot be devoted to our work. (Titus 3:8)
If we are touched by the gospel, we will in turn be devoted to good works.
Be devoted to good works.
A good work is something that glorifies God and edifies man.
We are called to live a life that is not only morally pure and pleasing to God but also a life of excellence that inspires others.
Model a life of service. (Proverbs 22:6)
Three Critical Questions to Ask Ourselves As disciple makers and fathers.
Are you willing to commit? Are you willing to submit?
Are you fulfilling your purpose and mastering your passions?
Are you devoted to your work? Are you distracted in your walk?