[In our text the Apostle Paul wrote that he left Titus in Crete so that
he might set things in order.
Now, I must ask you dear child of God, are there
things that are out of order around you?
Should you and I be about setting things in
our Lord expect us to set things in order while we wait
for his glorious appearing and our blessed hope?]
The Symptoms of Disorder (Hab
2.15; 1 Tim 2.11-12; 2 Tim 4.1-5 ; Lev 18.22) [- I wonder if there are those here today, whom like me, note that
things are undeniably out of order and need to be set back in order.
Or perhaps there are some here today who, when I say things need to
be set back in order, are wondering “What needs to be set back in order?]
[Concerning Unwed Mothers
- This last Wednesday I saw a news video on Fox News where they were talking
about a well-known actress who said that a woman does not need a man in
order to have children. This
actress has recently starred in a move sporting this theme.
In this video clip the news anchors debated the idea of single mother
parenthood and then stated that in a America 39% of the births this year
will be by single mothers. Is
there something to be set in order in America?
When teenage girls think it is wonderful to give birth before they
are married and before they graduate from high school?
When the parents of these young girls seem the think it is a
wonderful thing as well? How
about when older single women think that single parenthood is the way to go?
Is there something to be set in order?]
[Concerning Homosexuality –
When a US Federal Judge states
that parenting by homosexual cohabiting adults is no different than
parenting by traditional monogamous heterosexual married couples, as
occurred this last week in California, then we must ask ourselves is there
something to be set in order?
When our children are being taught in our public schools from kindergarten
on that homosexuality is just another lifestyle choice and there is nothing
wrong with such a lifestyle? Is
there something to be set in order?]
- When the US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention state that 50% of US Adults are classified as regular
drinkers is there
something to be set in order?
When studies have revealed that
three-forths of high school seniors survey stated that they had been drunk,
is there something to be set in order?]
[These are just
a few things that have been reported in the last week on our national news.
Now it is one thing when we see these statistics and think that these
statistics represent the lost around us.
We expect that sinners will act like sinners.
But what about among those who profess to be Christians?]
[Alcohol Among Pastors
– It must have been four years ago when I was astounded by a Southern
Baptist survey that revealed that six out of ten Southern Baptist Pastors
were casual drinkers of alcohol.
As I think about this statistic I wonder how high this percentage must be
among denominations that teach that casual drinking is just fine.
When I read in the Bible,]
15 Woe unto
him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to
him, and makest
him drunken also, . . .]
[Then we must
ask ourselves is there something to be set in order.]
[I wonder how
Churches would fair if someone were to pole the statistics of unwed
pregnancy, sexual promiscuity, alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce, and a host
of other sinful and clearly condemned activities within congregations in our
day. Then I ask you my brothers
and sisters in Christ, are there things to be set in order?]
interesting to me that Paul told Titus to set things in order by ordaining
elders in each city. As I
consider the ordination of Church elders or Pastors and I think about their
goal of helping to set things in order, I then am reminded of the situation
occurring all around us in our culture.
Are we setting things in order when we,]
[Ordain Women into the Gospel
Now here is a hot bed issue and I have stepped right into it.
So why would I mention this issue?
Because my friends we will never set things in order until we set
them in order God’s way, and God’s way is revealed in His Word the Bible.
What does God’s Word say about this issue,]
[1 Timothy 2:11-12
11 Let the
woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority
over the man, but to be in silence.]
argue that a woman pastor does not have to usurp authority over a man, but
the Bible says,]
[2 Timothy 4:1-5
1 I charge
thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall
judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word;
be instant in season, out of season;
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they
will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4
And they shall turn
away their ears from the
truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
But watch thou in
all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist,
make full proof of thy ministry.]
[This is what
Paul commanded Timothy to do as a pastor and this is what a pastor must do.
Now how does a pastor rebuke and reprove without usurping authority.]
Ordinations – It was over ten years ago, while pastoring in Atlanta,
Georgia when I was involved in a highly political Church Association
struggle over a Baptist Church that was ordaining Homosexuals as deacons.
Just last week I saw a news article that stated that the Lutheran
Denomination was now placing ordained homosexual pastors on their clergy
list. God has said,]
22 Thou shalt
not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it
and sisters in Christ, when the Church endorses such sin is there something
to be set in order?]
[Folks, if we
are going to set things in order then they won’t be in order until we get
back to the Bible and get back in order with Almighty-God.]
The Source of Disorder (1 Sam
15.22-23; Jer 7.22-23; John 14.15; Psalm 119.9,11; Heb 10.28-30)
[- Where is the disorder that we
are seeing in our culture coming from?
It comes from the rejection of the Word of God!
Samuel said to king Saul,]
[1 Samuel 15:22-23
22 And Samuel
said, Hath the LORD as great
delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the
LORD? Behold, to obey
is better than sacrifice,
and to hearken than the fat
of rams. 23 For
rebellion is as the sin of
witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast
rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from
22 For I spake
not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out
of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
23 But this thing commanded I them,
Obey my voice,
and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and
walk ye in all the
ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto
[Our Lord Jesus Christ said,]
15 If ye love
me, keep my
reject the Word of God they will be found in rebellion toward God.
If there is anything that Americans are doing in our day, they are
rejecting the clear Word of God.]
brothern, what is a Pastor supposed to do?
Titus in our text was left in Crete to ordain elders in every city.
To ordain Church leaders.
What were these elders to do?
They were to help set things in
order. They will set
things in order by, as Paul commanded Timothy,
PREACHING THE WORD
OF GOD! (2 Tim 4.2)]
[What is it
that the Palmist wrote,]
shall a young man cleanse his way?
by taking heed
thereto according to thy
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee. ]
call yourself in order with God if you are out of order with God’s Word.
God Word is God’s revealed will and way to us.
Far too many who call themselves good and moral are anything but good
and moral in comparison to God’s Word.
Far too many who call themselves Christian are out of order with the
Word of God.]
[Now, I know
that we are all sinners and need the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ to
wash our sins away. We are all
bought by the precious, sacrificial, shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But to continue in presumptuous sin after you have heard and claim to
have received the gospel message concerning our Lord Jesus Christ is to
trample the blood of our Lord under foot.
28 He that
despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment,
suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy,
who hath trodden
under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant,
wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the
Spirit of grace? 30
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance
belongeth unto me, I will
recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. ]
[Let us be
careful to never trample under the foot of rebellion and rejection our
precious Savior and His precious shed blood.
For this is what all who excuse and justify their sinful decisions
and actions do.]
The Seriousness of Disorder (Prov
14.34; Num 32.23; Rom 6.23; Rev 20.11-15; 2 Chron 6.21-31; 7.12-15)
What do you think oh sinful man?
Do you suppose that your sin and iniquity will be merely ignored?
Do you suppose that your disorder just doesn’t really matter?
God has said,]
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin
is a reproach to any
against God, sin and sinfulness, are serious matters with God.
God has said,]
23 But if ye
will not do so, behold,
ye have sinned
against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.]
[It is because of sin that human
beings are condemned to an eternal hell.
23 For the
wages of sin is death; . . .]
[Be sure that
your sins are being written down, they will all one day be accounted for,
without fail. The Bible
11 And I saw a
great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and
the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead,
small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:
and another book was opened, which is
the book of life:
and the dead were
judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to
their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death
and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:
and they were
judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into
the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was
cast into the lake of fire.]
[All of these
scriptures which I have expounded point to one’s eternal, immortal judgment
and if that seems too far in the future for you, then understand that many
warnings are being manifest all around this world, warning mankind of a far
more serious and impending judgment by God.]
dedicating the temple he had built to Almighty-God prayed a revealing prayer
of dedication. In that prayer
Solomon revealed much about God’s response to rebellious sinfulness.
Hearken therefore unto the
supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall
make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place,
even from heaven;
and when thou
hearest, forgive. 22
If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to
make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house;
Then hear thou from
heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by
recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by
giving him according to his righteousness.
24 And if thy people Israel be put to
the worse before the enemy,
because they have
sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and
pray and make supplication before thee in this house;
25 Then hear thou from the heavens,
and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land
which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
26 When the heaven is shut up, and
there is no rain,
because they have
sinned against thee; yet
if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their
sin, when thou dost
afflict them; 27 Then
hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy
people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should
walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for
an inheritance. 28 If there be
dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew,
locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of
their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness
Then what prayer
or what supplication soever
shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel,
when every one
shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth
his hands in this house: 30 Then
hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive,
and render unto
every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest;
(for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
31 That they may fear thee, to walk
in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our
[Now, listen to
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by
night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this
place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13
If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the
locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by
my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from
their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land. 15 Now
mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer
that is made in this place.]
[What are we
seeing around our world?
Disorderly terrorism and war.
Historic heat and wild fires in Russia, so intense that people are dying
from the smoke. Historic
flooding in Pakistan. The oil
disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricanes have struck our own country in recent years.
We have seen the recent Economic melt down that attacked the security
and the contemporary idol (god) of American culture, our money.
Nashville Tennessee, not too long ago, and other US cities have seen
historic rapid flooding. Oh, yes
someone should note that all of these are either natural disasters or
man-made troubles, but what about the list of worldly judgments listed by
[2 Chronicles 6:28
If there be dearth in the land, if
there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or
caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land;
whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness
ignore the warning signs all around us?
Or will you respond to God, repent and set things in order again.]
judgment is coming, it is but on the horizon.
The precursors to God’s foretold Tribulation Period are all around
us. Will you see, hear, repent
and receive the Lord Jesus Christ?
Or will you ignorantly turn away from God and fail to respond to His
mercy and grace? If you wait too
long, you will be forced to endure His coming,
The Setting of Order (Ezek
3.17; Matt 5.12-16; 2 Cor 5.10-20; 1 Cor 1.21) [–
As God’s People we are called,]
[The Wathcman on the Wall (Ezek
Salt and Light of the World (Matt 5.13-16)]
[Ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5.20) carrying reconciliation to a lost and
disorderly world (2 Cor 5.19)]
[We are the
last hope of lost, and blind people everywhere.
We are commissioned as the Church and body of Christ to set things in
order. Do things need to be set
in order? Indeed they do?
Then what are you waiting for?
Perhaps many of us are waiting for God to set things in order, or
perhaps for someone else to set things in order.
However, few of us realize that God will set things in order through
you and I. God has said,]
[1 Corinthians 1:21
21 For after
that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God
by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. ]
Paul commissioned Timothy to set up men to SET THINGS IN ORDER, my brothers
and sisters in Christ you are called by God to SET THINGS IN ORDER!]
[How do we go about setting things
your life in order, by getting your life in alignment with the word of God.]
others to get their life in order by being salt and light for them.]
our nation and world to get into order by being a watchman on the wall, and
sounding the needed alarm.]
[Just as I call the people of our Lord Jesus Christ to SET THINGS IN
ORDER. I must ask those who are
here who have not received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and
Savior to begin to set their life in order by receiving the love gift of
God, Eternal Life, today by surrendering their life to the Lord Jesus
Christ. You need to be saved
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