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Why ‘What You Believe’ Affects the Church

Why ‘What You Believe’ Affects the Church

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Why ‘What You Believe’ Affects the Church

Titus 3:3-11

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. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 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, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 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. 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?