The Implication of Redemption

The Implication of Redemption

The accuracy of our understanding of salvation and the redemption involved in that salvation is completely dependent on the accuracy of our understanding of man’s condition prior to being redeemed.  To demonstrate that turn to John 8, where Jesus has an interesting...
The Grace of Awaiting

The Grace of Awaiting

Upon reaching the end of Titus 2:13, it is helpful to ask this question: How can grace teach us to live holy lives in the present by awaiting the Lord’s coming?One answer comes in 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we...
Above Reproach Preaching

Above Reproach Preaching

According to Titus 2:8, possessing the characteristics in vv.7-8 will lead Titus to be above reproach or beyond a legitimate accusation.  Keep in mind that the entire package must be present in one’s teaching in order to receive this level of credibility.  The motive,...
Being Sober-minded about Discipleship

Being Sober-minded about Discipleship

Not only does Titus 2 command all of us to pursue this quality of sober-mindedness, it commands us to help others develop it as well.  This feature of the text makes it very unique in all of Scripture, for it clearly puts forth that to be sober-minded about Christian...
Sober-minded Ministry

Sober-minded Ministry

What does 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 teach about sober-mindedness?  It teaches us to think about what compels us or controls us—Is it the love of Christ, demonstrated by his bondage-destroying death and resurrection of sinners’ behalf OR is it something else, like:...
The Basis of God’s Forgiving Favor

The Basis of God’s Forgiving Favor

On what basis does David request the undeserved treatment, highlighted in Ps. 51:1?  Is it based on his repentance, his pretty good track record overall, his position in the kingdom?  It’s none of those things, rather it’s on the basis on God’s faithful, covenant...
Worship That is Commended by God

Worship That is Commended by God

Upon reading through passages like Psalm 50, the question is often raised: What are some indicators that one’s allegiance or worship or devotion to God is NOT merely lip service?  First of all, we come to God always from a disposition of being a receiver.  We must not...
Help When We Need It Most

Help When We Need It Most

In Psalm 46:1-7, the Psalmist puts forth that God is our refuge, strength and stronghold in order that we may not fear.  However, one of the implications is that no one learns the heights of the greatness of God’s power and protection in those ways until it is...
Gaining God as Our Ultimate Joy and Hope

Gaining God as Our Ultimate Joy and Hope

In Psalm 43:4, the Psalmist refers to God as his exceeding joy.  The question often arises: Does having God as our exceeding joy exclude having other desires or even finding a measure of joy in other things?  No, but the way to tell what rules your heart is to assess...