Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the HEARERS to affirm to others that (as believers during The Christmas Season) we should be anxious to SHOW God’s Love through our Goodness and Kindness to OTHERS.
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris, Jr.
Camp Walker - Taegu, Korea
BIG IDEA: A wonderful definition of Christmas is the appearance of God’s Love in our display of Goodness and Kindness.
REFERENCES: Titus 3:1-8; Island of Crete (just South of Greece); Isaiah 62:12 ( And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken); Romans 13:3 (For rulers R626 are not a cause of fear for good F215 behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same); 1 Peter 3:21 (Corresponding R187 to that, baptism now saves you--not R188 the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for F65 a good R189 conscience--through the R190 resurrection of Jesus Christ,); 2 Corinthians 8 (The giving of the poverty-stricken Macedonians…); Hebrews 10:5-10 (Note: Jesus gave up everything to do God’s will by coming to man the most humble way possible ..); Mark 12:42-44, Luke 21:2-4 (The Widow that gave all that she had in the offering); 2 Corinthians 8:16-19 (Titus giving kudos for his giving);
II. READ THE PERICOPE: Titus 3: 4 - 8
III. READ THE TEXT: Titus 3: 8 (This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God
might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.)
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the HEARERS to affirm to others that (as believers during The Christmas Season) we should be anxious to SHOW God’s Love through our Goodness and Kindness to OTHERS.
V. SERMONIC THEME: “LOVE Isn’t Love until you “GIVE IT AWAY”
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INTRODUCTION: My brother and sisters … sometimes as believers we look at our outer appearance and everything looks good. The clothes look good. We can even smell the aroma of the perfume and cologne which smells good too. But, that’s the outside … still … deep down on the inside … we know that God is doing a work; a work (ON US INDIVIDUAL) which started inwardly and will ultimately show outwardly. And when God gets that thing, in us, just right (you know, the way He wants it) … Wow … something happens which makes us all think about the goodness of the Lord. And all that he has done for us … all of which causes us to break-out in a praise. CAN I GET A WITNESS?
IT MAKES YOUR FEET COME TOGETHER! IT MAKES YOUR HANDS COME TOGETHER! IT MAKES YOU CUT UP A LITTLE BIT! YOU FORGET ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE! YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT WHO’S WATCHING!
YOU JUST WANT TO GIVE HIM THE PRAISE! CAN I GET A WITNESS IN THE BUILDING? SOMEBODY SAY … YES! ….. SAY YES!
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MOVE 1: Do we have anybody here, who wants to give God some praise? Do we have anybody, who can testify that God has brought you FROM a mighty long way? DO WE HAVE ANYBODY HERE, who had been down in the dungeon and the Lord picked you up?
a. CAN I GET A WITNESS? EVERBODY SAY YES!