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The need to be self-consciously gospel-centered is exactly what was being threatened in the Cretan churches. 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.
The Lord instituted the sacraments—baptism and the Lord’s Supper—for at least four purposes, namely to sustain, nourish, confirm and increase our faith. He sustains, nourishes, confirms and increases our faith so that in turn we will be driven by grace to serve others with good works.
The sacraments are like neon signs flashing, "Gospel! Gospel! Gospel!" The purpose of the sacraments, then, is to first continually drive the promises of the gospel deeper and deeper into our hearts in order to sign and seal in our consciences the promises contained in the gospel. Second, the sacraments help us to recognize our heavenly Father’s great goodness toward us so that we may learn to praise and magnify Him more fully. Finally, the sacraments empower and strengthen us for growth in sanctification.
Baptism of Iris Katherine Apple
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“What is the church?” and “What does the church do?” A handful of Jesus’ followers following his death have today turned into a phenomenon of a few billion we call the church! Upon receiving the Holy Spirit we see the church in Acts devoting themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers.
The primacy of the gospel and the sacraments and how God elicits worship in the hearts of His people.