Advent Part Two: Darkness, Death, Light, Life

Advent is the time of year that Christians have traditionally celebrated the two comings of Jesus Christ. Advent means “coming.” So, the church has traditionally set aside this time of year to remember Jesus’ first coming and to look ahead to His second coming. Last week we did an overview of the Advent Season entitled: … Continue reading Advent Part Two: Darkness, Death, Light, Life

Clothed in Salvation; Adorned in Beauty

Isaiah 61:10 (ESV) I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with … Continue reading Clothed in Salvation; Adorned in Beauty

Advent Part One: Season of Darkness, Death, Exile, and Longing

We are in the season of Advent. I have often viewed Advent simply as the time leading up to Christmas. Advent is the time every year that we study Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. We meditate on John 1:14 about the Word becoming human. We focus on the incarnation. However, I have spent the past … Continue reading Advent Part One: Season of Darkness, Death, Exile, and Longing

Gospel-Matching Behavior for Leaders (Titus 2:7-8)

“Yourself” is the next category in Titus 2:2-10, and it refers to Titus. Titus was to show himself to be an example of good works in every way (2:7-8). He was to "teach what accords with sound doctrine" (2:1). He was to behave in a way that matched the Gospel as a model to follow.  … Continue reading Gospel-Matching Behavior for Leaders (Titus 2:7-8)

Sermon Intro – Grace and Glory (Titus 2:11-14)

Last week, we studied Titus 2:1-10. There we studied “Behavior that Matches the Good News of Jesus Christ.” Titus was called to teach the believers on Crete the kind of behavior that matches the Good News of Jesus Christ (2:1). We studied the kind of behavior that is consistent with the Good News (2:2-10). We … Continue reading Sermon Intro – Grace and Glory (Titus 2:11-14)