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Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. (The Message)
 
Respectabilitythe state or quality of being accepted as valid or important within a particular field.  
 
About 5 weeks ago I was listening to a podcast from a Pastor that said the following "The emerging church today needs to understand the basics of Christian Respectability in regard to today's society." 
 
Hmmmm, what exactly is "respectability?" According to the thesaurus the word could be interchangeable with; decency, honesty, reputable, and honorable. 
 
With that in mind now look at Titus 2:1-8. Paul takes a turn in his letter to Titus.  Up to this point he has communicated the desired qualifications of a pastor, elder or overseer of the church. At the beginning of chapter 2 the focus is on the individuals that make up the church. The older men, older women, younger men and younger women. 
 
The expectation is for each one, within their household/community (OIKOS, remember that word) to display a level of respectability by being; level headed, pure, sound in speech, self-controlled and kind. In the fulfilling of these thing the individual would then be sound in doctrine, solid in their relationship with The Lord, and display "respectability" within their household/community (OIKOS)
Respectability is the requested goal in Titus 2 to restore stability in the Crete due to the concern of the false teaching listed in Titus 1:10-16. To restore a public image that enhances the gospel and the mission of this emerging church.
 
One Sunday all of us will be challenged with the one question "What is my role in sharing the Gospel?"
God is on the move at UABC!!!!
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What Role Would You Play?

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What Role Would You Play?
What role would you be willing to play in the Christmas pageant next year?

As a lady would you be willing to take on the role of Mary? You know be a young pregnant teenage girl that was going to be used in a significant way.  Men, do you see yourself playing the role of Joesph? Traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem by foot with a young pregnant lady riding on the back of a donkey.

How about the role of the shepherds? Bringing all the animals to the area just to witness the King. Or maybe one of the 3 wisemen.  Taking a two year journey following a star just to grab a glimpse of history. 

How about Herod, you know saying one thing and doing another? King Herod came to reign following Alexander the Great, he was one that sought the government title of king of the Jews. In doing so he promised peace to the Jews and protection. Caesar's council approved his persuasion, hence sending him from Rome to Jerusalem as the king of the Jews. He was smart, calculated, and self-serving.

Honestly Herod intentions really was not much different than ours when push comes to shove. He said that he would go to the site and Worship "The King" but really he wanted to make sure that he was going to be able to hold on to what was his.  His job, his role, his title as king of the Jews.

Herod was so focused on his own self appointment that he did not, nor did he want to, make room for the Christ child.  Again I ask; How many times have you said "I have no room...?"
Pastor Jeff
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