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November 25, 2018
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Small Groups 9AM

Worship 10AM
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                         Live in God’s Grace

Titus 2:11—3:15                            

Central Truth:

     Trusting in Christ, we are saved by grace and live by grace.

                                          Golden Text :

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his [God’s] mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).

INTRODUCTION

In this second lesson on Titus, Paul gives instruction to the young minister to help establish the congregations of Crete on a solid base (see introduction of lesson 12 for background information). He instructs Titus to start with the foundational concept of grace, the favor of God shown to us even though we could never earn it or deserve it. That is what grace is all about—a magnificent and benevolent God pouring out benefits on those who believe, yet who struggle and sometimes even fall into sin. Grace enables us to get back up, embrace the cleansing provision of Christ, and build a life of maturity and godly character.

As we mature in the faith, we develop a lifestyle that helps us avoid the temptations that would entangle and trip us up. Our lives become a living example for others to see and follow (1 Cor. 11:1). Paul reveals this is possible because of the saving work of Christ—past, present, and future. God does not save us and then leave us to our own abilities to make it through life. He has given us the Spirit, who not only empowers us, but also guides, reveals, and corrects us along the way. In short, God has provided everything we need to live a life of freedom and  righteousness, and that shines brightly into the darkness of this present evil age.

Paul wanted believers to know grace has a natural result—good works. Many today have fallen victim to the false teaching that followers of Christ only need to rely on the grace of God and “shortcomings” (i.e., sins) are automatically covered. Believers should do what is pleasing and natural to the senses and let grace cover their lives, this false teaching says. Practically, nothing beyond faith is required of us. Paul denounces this doctrinal error here (Titus 2:12), and in another epistle with a succinct and powerful rebuke, “God forbid!” (see Rom. 6:1-2). We receive grace to help us move to maturity and good works, which benefit Christ and the world in which we live.

In Titus, we find that right beliefs result in proper organization. Proper organization promotes right teaching. Right teaching results in right living. Right living lifts up the believer, Christ, and those in our lives.

Come with Anticipation, Expectation, and Motivation

To receive what God has for you !

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