The Five Pillars of Titus
Righteousness in the Church
The Greek word in the New Testament for our English word church
is ekklesia. Its literal meaning is "to call out." In secular Greek, ekklesia referred
only to an assembly or meeting.
The New Testament reveals
a development of the word ekklesia from the nontechnical meaning of "assembly" to its
current theological designations for "a called out people of God" or "an assembly of the
people of God." There are 109 occasions in the New Testament where the ekklesia church is presented
in this light.
So, if the 21st Century church
is "an assembly of the people of God" what are the responsibilities of the local church?
Well, the Apostle Paul wrote nine of his thirteen N.T.
epistles directly to local churches and three to pastors of local churches.
gives detailed instructions concerning worship services (1 Cor. 11:1-16), communion (1 Cor. 11:17-34),
gifts (1 Cor. 12) and officer responsibilities (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1) for local churches. We will not
go into detail; that's your study assignment.
Paul looked upon the local church as an institution with programs, plans and purpose. The local church has many responsibilities;
below are listed some of the key ones:
1. To Love God
the ... church of Ephesus write" (Rev.2:1). "Nevertheless I have somewhat
against thee, because you have left your first love" (Rev. 2:4).
have a responsibility to elevate and exalt, promote and praise that "name that is above every name" (Phil.
2. To Glorify God (Eph.1;5,6,11,12,14;
3:21; II Thess.1:12)
we glorify God?
praise and prayer.
Through our fruit bearing.
display God's grace (Eph. 2:7;3:6,10;1Pet. 2:9).
To evangelize the world (Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Luke 24:36-48).
5. To baptize believers (Matt. 28:19).
6. To instruct believers (Matt. 28:19;Phil. 4:8;1 Tim 4:6;5:17; II Tim.2:2,24,25).
7. To edify believers (Eph. 4:11, 12,16; Jude 1:20; II Pet.3:18; 1 Cor. 4:26;1
8. To discipline believers
(There are three kinds of N.T. discipline:
a. Self-discipline (1Cor.11:31; II Cor.7:1;1 John3:2).
b. Sovereign discipline (Acts 5:5,10; Eph. 5:26,27; John15:2; Heb. 12:10; 1 Cor. 11:32; 1 Pet. 4:17).
c. Church discipline (Matt.18:17;
Rom.16:17;1 Cor.5:6-13;Gal. 6:1; II Thess 3:6,14; Titus 3:10,11; II John 1:10.).
To provide fellowship for believers (Acts 2:42;1 Cor.1:9; II Cor.8:4;13:14; Gal.2:9;Phil.1:5;2:1;1 John 1:3,6,7).
10. To care for its own in time of need (II Cor. 8:9; 1 Tim.
5:16; James 1:27).