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Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Phrase.
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Arc.
Galatians 1:1-5
Arc.
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
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Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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Avoiding Divisiveness
Titus 3:9-11
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
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Published December 25th, 2015; Updated December 25th, 2015
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Titus 3:9-11
Wisdom, Works, Worship  (Titus 3:9-11)
Titus 3:9-11
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Titus 3:9-11
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But avoid foolish controversies,
genealogies,
dissensions,
and quarrels
about the law,
Content
for they are unprofitable
Ground
and worthless.
As for a person
Standard
who stirs up division,
after warning him once
Temporal
and then [warning him] twice,
have nothing more to do with him,
knowing that such a person is warped
and sinful;
he is self- condemned.
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1449889224935 Titus 3:9-11 1449889224 1449889224 NT 56 3 9 3 11 Titus 3:9-11 esv 0 1 56003009 But avoid foolish controversies, 0 56003009 1 genealogies, 7 1 dissensions, 7 1 and quarrels 7 1 about the law, 2 1 6 Content 1 for they are unprofitable 2 2 6 Ground 1 and worthless. 7 1 0 1 56003010 As for a person 2 56003010 1 6 Standard 1 who stirs up division, 4 1 after warning him once 4 1 6 Temporal 1 and then [warning him] twice, 6 1 6 Temporal 1 have nothing more to do with him, 0 1 knowing that such a person is warped 2 2 6 Ground 1 and sinful; 13 1 he is self- condemned. 0 1 56003011 0 56003011 0.723016905072 2 11 8 7 1 phrasing 11449889224938
Wisdom, Works, Worship (Titus 3:9-11)
Avoiding Divisiveness Summary Statement Do you love a good argument? Then perhaps you are arguing with the wrong motive. Paul gives Titus a stern warning about people who love to debate and otherwise cause controversy. If you find yourself in this category it's time to start salting your speech. Outline A. What Causes Divisiveness? 1. foolishness as expressed in: a. controversies - a debate without a goal; arguing just for the fun of it b. genealogies - ethnic pride c. dissensions - cliques d. quarrels about nothing -"You're a legalist!" "No, you are!" 2. foolishness because: 1. it is unprofitable (it will yield no fruit) 2. it is worthless (it accomplishes nothing) B. Who Causes Divisiveness? 1. Those who talk about foolish things 2. What do you do? warn them once, twice, and then shun them a. they are twisted and in caught in their own sin b. they have condemned themselves Wisdom, Works, Worship I remember the first time I ever watched a live debate. It was a Christian apologist and a Muslim apologist debating the authenticity of Christianity. The exchange was exciting as both parties gave their reasons for their respective faiths. But what impressed me the most was in the closing arguments where the Christian gave a clear and unwatered down presentation of the gospel to a room-full of Muslim men and women. The debate had a purpose. It wasn't to see who was smarter or had the best arguments. It was a battle for souls and an opportunity to call people to faith in Christ. Do you seek to glorify Christ in your speech? or do you simply like to hear yourself talk and "win" an argument? Paul warns us that such thinking is condemnation to ourselves. Our conversations are to be seasoned with salt (Col 4:6) so that we may know how to answer the unbeliever. Arguing about things that make no impact for eternity is simply arguing with no goal or purpose. In other words, when we do that very thing we become like the person mentioned in 3:9. Debate and dialogue are sure to happen. But when they do let each of us take the opportunity to make the most of our speech to exalt Christ and avoid the foolish things that will profit no one.
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1449889224935 Wisdom, Works, Worship (Titus 3:9-11) 1449889224 1449889224 Avoiding Divisiveness Summary Statement Do you love a good argument? Then perhaps you are arguing with the wrong motive. Paul gives Titus a stern warning about people who love to debate and otherwise cause controversy. If you find yourself in this category it's time to start salting your speech. Outline A. What Causes Divisiveness? 1. foolishness as expressed in: a. controversies - a debate without a goal; arguing just for the fun of it b. genealogies - ethnic pride c. dissensions - cliques d. quarrels about nothing -"You're a legalist!" "No, you are!" 2. foolishness because: 1. it is unprofitable (it will yield no fruit) 2. it is worthless (it accomplishes nothing) B. Who Causes Divisiveness? 1. Those who talk about foolish things 2. What do you do? warn them once, twice, and then shun them a. they are twisted and in caught in their own sin b. they have condemned themselves Wisdom, Works, Worship I remember the first time I ever watched a live debate. It was a Christian apologist and a Muslim apologist debating the authenticity of Christianity. The exchange was exciting as both parties gave their reasons for their respective faiths. But what impressed me the most was in the closing arguments where the Christian gave a clear and unwatered down presentation of the gospel to a room-full of Muslim men and women. The debate had a purpose. It wasn't to see who was smarter or had the best arguments. It was a battle for souls and an opportunity to call people to faith in Christ. Do you seek to glorify Christ in your speech? or do you simply like to hear yourself talk and "win" an argument? Paul warns us that such thinking is condemnation to ourselves. Our conversations are to be seasoned with salt (Col 4:6) so that we may know how to answer the unbeliever. Arguing about things that make no impact for eternity is simply arguing with no goal or purpose. In other words, when we do that very thing we become like the person mentioned in 3:9. Debate and dialogue are sure to happen. But when they do let each of us take the opportunity to make the most of our speech to exalt Christ and avoid the foolish things that will profit no one. notes 11449889224940
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