Contributed on Oct 26, 2010
God so loves the church that he brings order from chaos.
Scripture Introduction Most of you have seen, either in a movie, or TV show, or maybe in person, a judge slam down his gavel and gruffly demand, “Order in the Court! Order in the Court!” Judges know that the success of the legal process depends, in part, on maintaining control in their ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2010
God requires church leaders to correct those whose teaching does not align with the gospel.
Scripture Introduction It seems that many congregations will tolerate unbiblical preaching as long as the pastor is not rude or mean or sharp with them. Most pastors lose their jobs pretty quickly if they cannot figure out how to preach nicely to the church. So our passage this morning ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2010
God’s health-giving truths transform a Christian community.
Scripture Introduction Sometimes it seems the Bible is a “waxen nose” – someone always twisting it to say what he wants. That certainly troubled the church in Crete, where empty talkers and deceivers, especially of the circumcision group, devoted themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of ...read more
Contributed on Nov 16, 2010
God trains his people in godliness through the grace of the gospel of Jesus.
Scripture Introduction As a parent, I know that when one of my dear children asks why they should do what I tell them to, it is rarely helpful for me to answer, “Because I said so, that’s why!” I did say so, and God commands children to obey their dad, but that answer usually comes out of ...read more
Contributed on Nov 22, 2010
God changes those he saves into those who are devoted to good works.
Scripture Introduction Many of you know the slogan, “Once Saved, Always Saved.” Some Christians love how that phrase justifies a lack of godliness even after they walked the aisle, or were baptized, or made some profession of faith. Other Christians hate the saying because of its lack of ...read more
Contributed on Nov 30, 2010
God gives every guidance and every grace for building a healthy church.
Scripture Introduction Paul and Titus traveled the island of Crete, preaching Jesus. God blessed their evangelist zeal, converting many and creating churches in towns scattered across the land. But caring for these new Christians proved difficult, in part due to the character of the people. ...read more