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In 1:5-16, Paul explains why Titus’ appointment of qualified leadership (vv. 5-9) and opposition to unqualified leadership (vv. 10-16) in the Cretan churches is so important, namely because there are many false teachers in Crete turning people away from the centrality of the gospel (1:11, 14). In order to help Titus and the churches recognize and oppose ungodly leadership, Paul gives 12 characteristics of false teachers and 2 action steps to take in order to prevent them from harming the church.
1. The Mystery Revealed in the Gospel ● Be Humble before God: and understand His unfolding-Plan (v25) ● Know that the Deliverer will Come: and all Israel will be saved (vs26-27) 2. God’s Mercy Received in the Gospel ● the Enemies of God in the Gospel: are the Beloved of God in Election (vs28-29) ● God Delivers all Peoples over to the Prison of Disobedience: that He might have mercy on all (vs30-32) 3. God Glorified through the Gospel ● in the depth of His Riches: we cannot earn payment from God [Salvation is God’s gift] (vs33,35) ● in the depth of His Wisdom: we cannot offer counsel to God [Salvation is executed God’s way] (vs33,34) ● in the depth of His Knowledge: we cannot know the mind of God [Salvation is according to God’s plan] (vs33,34) ● in the Supremacy of His Being: God is the origin, sustainer, and goal of all things [Salvation is for His eternal glory] (v36) 4. Walk in the Footsteps of Paul ● Our devotions should be theological: and our theology should be devotional (adapted from John Stott) ● Embrace the life-transforming Gospel: with an eye on the universal, unfolding-plan of God for His glory
Sure we’ve all been rejected. Yet there is no one that has experienced rejection on the level that the Lord Jesus did. What was His response to those that refused to receive Him?
In John 11:1-44 Jesus comes to show us that even when he seems he is absent in our suffering, he is actually more present. He comes to teach us that he uses our suffering for the good of those he loves. Above all of this he uses our suffering for his glory.
Guest Speaker Don Helton teaches "The Glory of God & the Joy of Believers" from John 15:1-11
1. The Gospel of God ● The Gospel of God is Apostolic: proclaimed with a God-ordained authority and a multiple eye-witness credibility (v1) ● The Gospel of God is Prophetic: promised by God beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures (v2) ● The Gospel of God is Christ-centered: revealing and proclaiming Jesus Christ our Lord (vs3-4) ● The Gospel of God is Missional and God-glorifying: bringing about the obedience of faith among all nations for His name (v5) ● The Gospel of God is Life-changing and Personal: we are called to belong to Jesus Christ as His saints who are loved by God (vs6-7) 2. A God-Glorifying Church ● Recognize and appreciate the Apostle Paul’s ministry (vs1, 5, 8-15, 15:14-33). ● Embrace Paul’s gospel faithfulness and heed his teachings (vs8-15).
The horror of an unholy man who is confronted with the absolute holiness of God is so great that he cries out, "Woe is me, I am ruined..." You will never see yourself and your sin as it actually is until you see the holiness of God.
The seraphim, the burning ones, who surround God's throne and exalt His glory and His holiness speak to us clearly that our God is so pure, so powerful, so mighty, that He is like no other. His holiness is the basis, and the reason, for ours.