Revolutions are spreading across the Middle East. Protests in our own city have made Madison the focus of the nation. Everyone is choosing sides as political opinion has become table talk. One question that must be answered during this time is, Are my attitudes, actions, and thoughts theologically informed? The task of the church is to advance the gospel of Christ. So we must weigh our actions and opinions to ensure that they commend the gospel to our world rather than tarnish it. Titus 3 enables us to view our relationships through the lens of the gospel.
The hymn writer wrote, “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” The writer of Hebrews affirms this: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.” What is the answer for this soul malady? “Exhort one another every day.” If our souls will remain faithful to Christ then it will take more than a sermon-a-week; it requires a sermon-a-day. God’s design for the health of his church is that each of us engage in caring for one another’s souls.
Jesus declared “I will build my church.” We can see in this text that Jesus’ plan for building his church is the ministry of His word. The church is built up as the members minister the word of God to one another. Speaking the truth in love to one another is a vital aspect of spiritual maturity. Both gospel proclamation and gospel conversation work in unison to deepen the roots of believers in the church.