Centré sur Dieu!

Ann L Beaulieu, Blogueuse, auteure et conférencière. Déterminée, expressive, colorée et persévérante dans la foi à cause de Dieu!


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Discover Titus in a whole new way! – Book Review

 

 

Titus For You

 

 

 

Titus For You

By

Tim Chester

 

Titus! I love this little Pastoral Epistles written by Paul tucked away between 2 Timothy and Philemon. It’s only three chapters long yet how edifying to read. It’s actually my favorite. In this book Titus For You containing 200 pages, you will be excited of all the pearls of wisdom you will discover from Tim Chester. I’ve read many books on Titus over the past two years now and every author seems to have his own perspective or point of view on what Paul is saying. I found Chester’s view to resonate deeply with the Scriptures and within my soul!

First of all I especially appreciate the way he takes the time to divide the three chapters to unify them for the glory of God.

Chapter one is about keeping the Gospel central

Chapter two is about ensuring the Gospel is central in everyday living

Chapter three is about ensuring the Gospel is central for the sake of the mission.

What we are essentially seeing in this Epistle according to the author is that Paul is focusing on disciplining the people with the Gospel. Paul desires for Titus to bring order by disciplining people through the Word for mission.

Chester develops the Epistle by going through many verses explaining them in a clear precise way that is easy and comprehensible. You couldn’t call this a verse-by-verse commentary but somehow I found it more in debt and profound then some other commentaries that I have studied on Titus. I say this because of the way Chester brings everything together when he explains specific points just by using other verses and explaining it straight forward. He does a great job in bringing out important insightful points that we too often neglect the pertinence because we read it so fast. Example:  he shows us clearly how Jesus’ first coming was an act of grace yet His second coming will be an act of glory for God.

I also appreciated the way he reminded us that the glory of God is a threat to those who do not know him. This sometimes is a detail I tend to forget when I ponder on Gods glory. Because I am a Christian I seem to always think of nice things when I think of glory and God. But not so if you’re not a Christian!

His last chapter: Stress These Things, Live These Things, I found particular encouraging. I loved how in the end it boils down to how we are to treat people the way Jesus treated people. That is, with humility and gentleness! If we are honest, this is a bit radical for some of us in our culture today where freedom of speech, our opinions and pride override those wonderful virtues that may seem for some of us, out of date. Yet, as we clearly see in Titus chapter 3 they are still to be lived out today for the children of God.

After ever section you have a few questions to help you meditate more deeply on what you’ve just read. I believe this helps the person who desires to dig deeper into the Word, it’s the extra nudge.

It’s a marvelous book on Titus and one that I intend to keep close at hand as a reference book. As of yet in my many readings this is the first version I have had of this venue and it fits really well with what I read that Don Carson briefly wrote about in – An Introduction to the New Testament, in the section about Titus.

I leave you with these two awesome quotes:

Grace does not simply prepare us for the future age (by saving us from God’s judgment). Grace also shapes our lives in the present. The gospel is good news for the last day. But it is also good news for the next day.”

God’s kindness is seen in the sending of his Son and the sending of his Spirit, so that we might share in the rebirth of all things.”

Ann L Beaulieu

*I have received a free copy by Cross Focus. However I am under no obligation to write a positive review. These are entirely my own personal opinions and thoughts expressed according to my own discernment.

 

Belle journée – Wonderful day

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Bonjour à vous

Je voulais vous partager notre belle journée de conférence qui a eu lieu le 2 novembre à notre bâtiment, j’étais la conférencière invitée. Je vous en avais parlé dans un blogue précédent. Le thème était : Le féminisme a-t-il embué notre vision sur notre rôle de femme selon la parole de Dieu?

Ce fut une journée magnifique pour la gloire de notre Dieu! Incroyable et très encourageant, pour les femmes ainsi que pour moi-même. Un très bon temps d’échange et de communion ensemble. Nous avons eu des conversations sublimes qui nous pousseront encore plus à rechercher notre position dans la société comme femme de Dieu audacieuse.

Ce qui a été évident, qui est ressorti durant la journée, est le besoin et l’urgence de ce sujet, du moins ici au Québec. Le féminisme et son influence dans nos vies comme femme de Dieu ainsi que notre rôle n’est pas quelque chose qu’on discute souvent. On n’ose pas mêler ces deux sujets ensemble. Pourtant, il faut aborder les deux sujets, et de plus en plus selon moi. J’ai vu, encore, la confirmation samedi. Les femmes étaient contentes et émerveillées de comprendre plein de choses et en même temps elles étaient abasourdies de toute son ampleur dans nos vies. L’Esprit éveillant en elles aussi de grandes vérités. Mais ça commence par une prise de conscience… et ensuite le travail continu dans leurs vies. WOW! Voilà la vraie liberté.

Enfin, je sais très bien que pour certaines ce fut plus difficile que d’autres à entendre. Mais je sais que Dieu continue son œuvre dans le cœur de ses bienaimés aux rythmes que nous sommes prêtes à Le laisser travailler dans nos vies. Moi, je ne fais que partager ce que Dieu a déposé sur mon cœur avec une grande passion pour les femmes, pour Sa gloire.

Ann L Beaulieu

 

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you all, the wonderful day that we had on November 2nd. I wrote about this coming event in a previous blog. We had a women’s conference at our local church, and I was the invited speaker. The theme was: has feminism fogged up our vision on our role as women according to the Word of God?

This was a most splendid day for the glory of God! What an incredible time of encouragement for the women as for myself. Such a wonderful time of communion and edifying of one another. We had the most sublime conversations that pushed us more and more towards looking at our position in Christ and our role in the society as audacious women of God.

What was obvious, and came out during the day, is the great  need and urgency of this subject, at least here in Québec. Feminism and its influence in our lives as women of God,  and the impact of it in our lives, is not something we discuss often. Most of the time, we do not even mix these two subjects together. I firmly believe that we must approach  these two subjects more. Sadly, I witnessed again, how this was confirmed on Saturday! The women were glad and amazed to comprehend so many things, finally. All the while being stunned of all this meant and the implications it had in their lives. Yet, it all starts with the Spirit making us first aware in our conscience…then the work continues in our lives. WOW! That is true freedom.

I am fully aware that it was harder to hear for some than others. Yet I also know that God continues His work in the hearts of his beloved at the pace that we let Him work in our lives and that which we are ready.  I was only the one, who for that day God granted the privilege to deliver a message that He had place on my heart, with great passion for the women, for His glory.

Ann L Beaulieu