This week, we're going to continue on in Titus by looking at 1:5 and Paul's call in it for Titus to appoint elders in every town. My hope and prayer is that at the end of this sermon you will have grown in your understanding of God's loving care for you, in your appreciation for the mysterious ways in which he expresses it, and in your experience of it. Please pray with me now that God would be pleased to accomplish all of that and more.
The impossible mission will be fulfilled by the possible God through faith-permeated exiles who have an assurance and conviction in God’s promises. This task that stands over the global church is daunting and is more complicated and difficult than you could possibly imagine. If we were a people that believed in what we could see, we might as well pack up, go home, and spend the rest of our lives sitting in front of Netflix and ignore the lost world around us. This Sunday we will look at how Abraham could live out his faith and what that tells us about the missions endeavors.
, from Genesis 13:14-18, we're going to see two simple and indisputable facts: 1) God has always been infinitely glorious, and 2) He has always called his people to respond to his infinite glory by living their lives in ways that would be ridiculous if he weren't. Please pray with me that God would see fit to help us truly know his glory and therein see the ridiculousness of failing to engage in missions.
Grace, in this fourth and final sermon on this introduction, I want to help you understand Paul's understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to help you make sense of the letter as a whole in order that you might arrange your lives accordingly. Specifically, I want you to see that Paul's understanding of the gospel is historical, eternal, effective, and all-encompassing. Please pray with me that God would be pleased to do all this and more in us this morning.
As Christians, we know that we are to love one another. And if you’ve been at Grace Church for a period of time, you likely have heard Pastor Dave define love like this: “To love another is to affectionately pursue that which is best for them.” The question I want us to dig into is, “How important are our affections in loving another?” Can we just be satisfied that we did something good for someone else, or is it more important how we go about doing it? Paul answers this question in 1 Corinthians 13, and if we can see his answer, we’ll be able to better know what it means to love another by affectionately pursuing what is best for them.