Worship Service 11/20/2022


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Preacher: Jeremy Herbert

Text: Titus 2:11-15

Theme: Thanksgiving


Titus written about 20 years after events in Acts 20.

The New Testament doesn’t glamorize the early churches–they are given to us warts and all.

Epimenides, a Cretan poet: “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons”.

Thanksgiving is a right attitude outflow of a spiritually healthy heart.

Past – 2:11, “the grace of God has appeared to all men”

  • What is grace?
  • Grace is a Person, not a thing
  • When the Scripture speaks of “more grace”, it’s not more of a substance–it is more of the experience of drawing near to Christ
  • Grace = God’s goodness given to us through the Person and work of Jesus Christ
  • No Christian is given any more grace than any other Christian
    • Those who spend more time in God’s presence experience more of Christ’s goodness

Present – Titus 2:12, “training us to renounce ungodliness….to live…godly lives in this present age”

  • “in this present age” – it doesn’t matter what place or time, God’s grace can teach us to live godly
    • 1st century Crete
    • 16th century Europe
    • 21st century America
  • Acts 2 – Cretans listed among believers at Pentecost
  • We can fall into two opposite errors:
    • Trusting grace apart from means: “Just let go and let God make me holy”
    • Trusting means apart from grace: “If I work hard enough God will make me holy”
  • Correct: trusting God to provide grace by use of means that He has given
    • We labor AND trust God to transform
  • “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions”
    • saying no to things, so that we might say yes to better things
    • we deny ourselves those things that are against God (ungodliness)

Future – 3:13, “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of…God and Savior Jesus Christ”

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