Summary: The bible tells that God will purify us into a peculiar people. I grant you that there are peculiar people here in this church…that is not the peculiar that god is talking about.
A PECULIAR People
Reading: Titus 2:11-14
Text: Titus 2:14
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. KJV
being beyond usual, that is, special (one’s own): - peculiar, unique.
People peculiar to Christ are a type of that “stand out” from all others… that are not the same as everybody else walking the planet.
Today, let’s use the word peculiar to describe some basic attributes of a people peculiar to Christ.
P IS FOR PATIENT:
B. For a people peculiar to Christ patience is not sitting down and passively bearing things, meekly accepting and allowing all troubles to wash over our bowed heads. For us, patience takes on the meaning of triumphant fortitude. We know to whom we belong, we know from where we draw our strength, we know for whom we stand and we stand with heads up and shoulders back. We know that all things work to His purpose and for His glory.
C. James 1:3-4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1. Trials can be faced with joy because, infused with faith, patience (perseverance, endurance) results, and if patience goes full-term it will develop a thoroughly mature Christian who lacks nothing. He will indeed be all God wants him to be.
D. Romans 5:3-5 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
1. Perseverance is only the beginning of benefits. There are more advantages to trials. Perseverance must finish its work. Just as tested and true faith works to produce perseverance, so perseverance must be allowed to continue its perfect or finished work to produce the ultimate by-product of spiritual maturity.
E IS FOR EVANGELISTIC:
A. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (NASB)
C. The Great Commission:
Matthew 28:19-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
C IS FOR COMPASSIONATE:
A. Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
B. Many of the miracles of Jesus were preceded by His feelings of compassion for the people around Him.
C. In His teachings He stressed the need for compassion.
1. The Pharisees always brought the proper sacrifices, but they were totally lacking in compassion toward sinners. When compassion is lacking, then religious formalities are meaningless.