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One of the clearest testimonies to the credibility of our faith and the gospel is when Christians persevere in faith through suffering, continuing to trust the Lord and find their joy and hope in him. As we look at the example of the Thessalonians believers, may God encourage us to persevere in suffering like they did.
Can I ask you a personal question? How well are you doing right now at fighting the good fight? Are you staying on course? Are you keeping the faith? If you were told today you have 6 months to live ... how would you live in the light of His appearing? Anyone here need to readjust your priorities?
In secular pursuits, thorough preparation is normally a recipe for competence and success. However, for God's people, experiencing victory involves more than just hard work and preparation. In Proverbs 21:31, Solomon observes that the Lord brought military victory through a well-prepared Israel. This illustrates the timeless truth that the Lord generally accomplishes His purposes through His people. Thus, as followers of Jesus in the Church today, we must depend on the Lord to accomplish His purposes through us. That means preparing well with the resources and relationships that God has entrusted to us, while looking to Him, especially in prayer, to bring growth and success in sanctification and the disciple-making mission. Finally, when He does come through, we must give Him the glory!
This sermon is a continuation of our series on Union with Christ. This sermon focuses on union with Christ in Justification. Those who are in Christ, have union with Christ, have been given a new status, a new freedom and a new power to live.
Would you prefer ugliness to be magnified, or for the LORD to be magnified? Really? Because you have opportunity every day to overlook foolishness in order to keep sight of, and magnify, Jesus. We each choose, daily, what will be magnified. 35 minutes.
This short passage is a summary of Paul's thoughts from chapter two. It is a simple yet powerful prescription for success in sanctification. Sanctification is the process that Christians undergo as they are transformed into Christ likeness. The result of sanctification is glory. The prescription for success includes union with Christ as well as our actions and the proper directing of our attention. Sanctification is not for the elite but for all that have union with Christ, all believers.
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.