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Bible Study from February 29th, 2020

Titus and the Christian Way of Life

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“(Job) had … seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.” (Job 42:13-16)



“(An) incident is to be found in the closing chapter of Job, wherein the writer tells us that the patriarch, leaving three daughters, recognized obedience to the law of equality in that he ‘gave them inheritance among their brethren.’

“Looking well into the teachings of Jesus, we find that his attitude was uniform. ‘What I say unto you I say unto all,’ were his impartial words; and he illustrated his teachings in healing the sick woman, as well as the sick man. Neither was denied the rights and privileges of health, holiness, and forgiveness. Not a single word or act of the Master could possibly authorize the limitation of the rights of womankind, which until recent years has clouded Christian civilization. It remained for Christian Science to unfold the truth of Jesus’ teachings of impartial justice to all.”

From “Equal Rights” in the Christian Science Sentinel by Ernest C. Moses,
September 22, 1923

Topic: Titus

Moderator: Thomas from NY

Bible Readings: Titus Chapter 1 -3

Additional Reading:

Questions:

  1. Who is Titus?
  2. Who might be the “prophet of their own”? (Titus 1:12 “One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.”)
  3. What is a gainsayer? (Titus 1:9; Jude 1:11; Numbers 16:1-3, 31-32)
  4. What are the qualities of a church leader?
  5. What does Titus say about the Christian way of life?

Notes from the Discussion




The material questions at this age on the reappearing of the infantile thought of God’s man, are after the manner of a mother in the flesh, though their answers pertain to the spiritual idea, as in Christian Science: — Is he deformed? He is wholly symmetrical; the one altogether lovely. Is the babe a son, or daughter? Both son and daughter: even the compound idea of all that resembles God.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 167




The wisdom of God, as revealed in Christian Science, brings the serpent out of its hole, handles it, and takes away its sting. Good deeds are harmless. He who has faith in woman’s special adaptability to lead on Christian Science, will not be shocked when she puts her foot on the head of the serpent, as it biteth at the heel.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210




Click to read — “Being a Titus 2 Woman” from biblestudytools.com


Notes from “Being a Titus 2 Woman”:

Live life dedicated to Good.
Guard your tongue.
Talk less, ask God for help talking less.
Resist excuses.
Don’t be a slave anything or anyone.
Do all for the glory of God.
Be Spirit controlled.
Be a guardian of the right.

— from Bible Study




The mother is the strongest educator, either for or against crime. Her thoughts form the embryo of another mortal mind, and unconsciously mould it, either after a model odious to herself or through divine influence, “according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.” Hence the importance of Christian Science, from which we learn of the one Mind and of the availability of good as the remedy for every woe.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 236




May we have the same zeal for the Lord that Titus showed. Every believer would do well to model Titus’s commitment to truth, fervor in spreading the gospel, and enthusiastic love for the church.

— From: www.gotquestions.org




It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

— Theodore Roosevelt




For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies

— Titus 1: 7-9, 12 from the King James Bible




But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

— Matthew 23:11-12 from the King James Bible




Opposer: One who acts in opposition; one who resists.


Contradict: To oppose by words; to assert the contrary to what has been asserted, or to deny what has been affirmed.


Gainsayer: One who contradicts or denies what is alleged; an opposer.


— From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary




The Epistle of Paul to Titus Chapters 1-3 ​1: 5-9

Titus, Paul’s “own son after the common faith” (4), had been left in Crete to organize young churches. The inhabitants of Crete had a bad reputation for being liars, and there were also Judaisers, responsible for some of the heretical gospel changes, so it was not an easy task for Titus. (Dumm., 1007) With the imminent passing of Paul, his followers must be very careful to abide strictly by the rules he had laid down. The revelation must be kept pure. The Israelites had this necessity in the Old Testament after Moses passed on. It was Paul’s necessity in the New Testament. Scofield says: “Well had it been with the churches if they had neither added to nor taken from the divine order.” (ScofieldReferenceBible, 1279)

​This is also the need in this age of the Second Coming of Christ—Christian Science—in the form of a textbook. Mary Baker Eddy recognized this necessity and laid down rules in her Church Manual, which she said were for the advancement of Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy’s instructions in her Manual parallel the quote from SRB: “Amendment of By-Laws. Sect. 3. No new Tenet or By-Law shall be adopted, nor any Tenet or By-Law amended or annulled, without the written consent of Mary Baker Eddy, the author of our textbook, SCIENCE AND HEALTH.” (105) The Officers of the Christian Science Mother Church, for which church the Manual was written, were forbidden from adding to or taking from her prescribed rules and by-laws. You know from earlier chapters that the Manual was immediately submitted to human law for interpretation after Mrs. Eddy’s passing. Her church, which she had “rescued from the grasp of legal power” and “put back into the arms of Love” was, right after her passing, put back again into “the grasp of legal power.” (Mis. 140: 22) There followed, ten years later, the decision by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts to grant the church’s Directors absolute control over the Christian Science organization; then, in 1971, came a ruling by the United States Senate to give them copyright ownership of Science and Health which, in 1907, when she ceased to copyright it, Mrs. Eddy had virtually bestowed upon the world. (See Brown, From Genesis…, 339) (That has since been rescinded, and her book is no longer copyrighted.)

— from The Comforter Physics to Metaphysics by Yvonne Reus




If a friend informs us of a fault, do we listen patiently to the rebuke and credit what is said? Do we not rather give thanks that we are “not as other men”? During many years the author has been most grateful for merited rebuke. The wrong lies in unmerited censure, — in the falsehood which does no one any good.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 236




I became early a child of the Church, an eager lover and student of vital Christianity. Why I loved Christians of the old sort was I could not help loving them. Full of charity and good works, busy about their Master’s business, they had no time or desire to defame their fellow-men. God seemed to shield the whole world in their hearts, and they were willing to renounce all for Him. When infidels assailed them, however, the courage of their convictions was seen. They were heroes in the strife; they armed quickly, aimed deadly, and spared no denunciation. Their convictions were honest, and they lived them; and the sermons their lives preached caused me to love their doctrines.

— from 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 32







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