Why ‘What You Believe’ Affects the Church
3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. 9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.
A. Starts with the question of last week’s sermon; “What do you believe?”
- Does your life reflect Titus 2:11-14 or do you only ‘intellectually’ agree?
- Because what you believe, the Gospel demands a life change.
B. Why does what I believe affect the church? (Titus 3:3-7)
- It keeps us from looking down on others (non-believers & believers)? (v.3)
- Reminds us of what is possible (vv.4-5)
- Points us to the future (vv.6-7)
C. The Gospel works itself out in good works toward others. (v.8)
- When we read a passage like Titus 2:11-14, we typically stop at salvation.
- We are to live, eager to do what is good (Titus 2:12, 14 & 3:8 & 14)
D. Why personal preference and self-centeredness must be avoided? (vv.9-11)
- We misunderstand our role in the church (Titus 1:6-9)
- We misunderstand the composition of church (Titus 2:1-10)
- We misunderstand the nature of the church (Acts 2:42-47)
E. Why misunderstandings about the church cause visitors to see something differently
- What are we communicating to visitors when there are conflicts?
- What are you/we really saying?
HOMEWORK: List some of your preferences (service times, music types, Pastor/teacher, order of worship, where you sit, etc.). How do this affect my church?