What Hinders Our Passion for Worship?

What Hinders Our Passion for Worship?

Amidst all these expressions of the privilege and joy of worshipping God in Psalm 84, there arises an all too common, but honest question: What if I don’t view worship as a joyful privilege? You might attest to these thoughts: “Worship feels more like a chore than a...
Faith Beats Fear

Faith Beats Fear

Ps. 56:3 can be most literally translated—In a day that I may fear, I will put my trust in You.  This verse serves as a commitment to fight fear with faith and is fulfilled in v.4.  Notice the different verb tenses in v.4—”I have trusted in God [and so] I won’t...
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:...