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Handbook for a Healthy Church: Lessons from Titus

Room 302 | Teachers: Pastor Brandon Levering & Team

If you could only pick one adjective to describe what’s most important to you in a church, what would it be? Big? Small? Friendly? Active? Innovative? Traditional? Contemporary? Culturally-engaged? Bible-teaching? Missions-minded? Young? Established? Seeker-sensitive? Kid-friendly? Cutting edge?

In reality, many of our criteria for church today are a matter of mere preference. They’re not necessarily bad things, but they’re not always biblical, and often too narrow. So what should be the most important adjective for a church? It’s hard to pick just one word (and no doubt many words would suit). But if we had to pick just one, our humble suggestion would be healthy.

Healthy things work the way they’re supposed to, according to design. Which means a healthy church is one that grows and functions the way God intended it. So what does that look like? And what will it take?

This is the question the apostle Paul was answering in his letter to Titus, whom he left in Crete so that he might “put what remained into order” (1:5) among the churches they had recently planted. In that light, Paul’s letter to Titus is kind of like his handbook for a healthy church: here’s what it looks like and what it takes for the church to grow and function according to God’s design.

So join us as we walk through Titus to listen and learn from this handbook for a healthy church.