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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
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!
Titus 3:9-11
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Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
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Galatians 1:1-5
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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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Disciples of Good Works
Titus 3:12-15
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
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Published December 19th, 2015; Updated December 22nd, 2015
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Titus 3:12-15
esv
Provision for the Pastor
When I send Artemas
Temporal
or Tychicus
to you,
Locative
do your best
to come
Purpose
to me
Accompaniment
at Nicopolis,
for I have decided
to spend the winter there.
Destination (of 12g)
Provistion for the Workers
Do your best
to speed Zenas
the lawyer
Explanation
and Apollos
on their way;
Separation
see that they lack nothing.
Provision for the Congregaton
And let our people learn
to devote themselves
to good works,
Context
so as to help cases
of urgent need,
and not be unfruitful.
All ... send greetings
to you.
Destination
who are
with me
Accompianment
Greet those
who love us
in the faith.
Grace be with you all.
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1450569000610 Phrase 1450569000 1450569045 NT 56 3 12 3 15 Titus 3:12-15 esv 0 Provision for the Pastor 8 1 56003012 When I send Artemas 2 56003012 1 6 Temporal 1 or Tychicus 9 1 to you, 4 1 6 Locative 1 do your best 0 1 to come 2 1 6 Purpose 1 to me 4 1 6 Accompaniment 1 at Nicopolis, 4 1 6 Locative 1 for I have decided 2 1 6 Purpose 1 to spend the winter there. 4 1 6 Destination (of 12g) 0 Provistion for the Workers 8 1 0 1 56003013 Do your best 0 56003013 1 to speed Zenas 2 1 6 Purpose 1 the lawyer 9 1 6 Explanation 1 and Apollos 7 1 on their way; 4 1 6 Separation 1 see that they lack nothing. 0 0 Provision for the Congregaton 1 1 0 1 56003014 And let our people learn 0 56003014 esv 6 2 2 1 to devote themselves 2 1 6 Purpose 1 to good works, 4 1 6 Context 1 so as to help cases 2 1 6 Purpose 1 of urgent need, 10 1 and not be unfruitful. 4 1 6 Explanation 1 0 1 All ... send greetings 0 1 to you. 2 1 6 Destination 1 who are 2 9 1 with me 4 9 1 6 Accompianment 1 0 1 Greet those 0 1 who love us 2 1 in the faith. 4 1 6 Context 1 0 1 Grace be with you all. 0 1 0 1 56003015 0 56003015 0.75327510917 2 11 9 7 1 phrasing 11450569000613
Wisdom, Works, Worship
Disciples of Good Works Summary Statement We are saved by God's grace, yet that salvation does not come in a vacuum. God has prepared good works for us to do (Eph 2:10) in order to prove His own workmanship in our lives. When we do not live up to the works which God has prepared we become unfruitful and thus, in a sense, nullify the grace of God. Outline A. Provision for the Pastor (v. 12) 1. Encouragement by physical presence B. Provision for the Workers (v. 13) 1. don't delay their going 2. provide them with what they need C. Provision for the Congregation (vv. 14-15) 1. teach the congregation devotion of good works a. to help those in dire need b. to prove their fruitfulness 2. final greetings Wisdom, Works, Worship Our Evangelical slant causes us to many times shy away from the topic of good works. Because we are saved by grace we often think that works are completely void of the Christian life. But good works are not something to be avoided. Paul instructed Titus to let the people learn to devote themselves to good works. The Greek word translated 'learn' (mathanō) comes from the same verb that is used to translate the noun 'disciple' in many other passages. As Christians we need to learn to become disciples of good works. While there is a need to recognize that we do not do good works in order to be saved, there also needs to be a recognition that a life void of good works is antithetical to the gospel. Good works are something that are done inside of Christ and without Him there is truly no good work to be done. Titus is a book where the phrase 'good work(s)' appears 6x's within its forty-six verses. That estimates roughly to the phrase appearing a little more than every seven verses! In fact, the phrase appears about eighteen times total throughout the Pauline epistles. Good works are not a sign of trying to earn our salvation. Rather, they are a sign of our fruitfulness in Christ so that we may continue to be pruned by the Father and bear even more good fruit. Let us continue in good works that we may prove to abide in the Father and the Son (John 15:1-5).
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1450569000610 Wisdom, Works, Worship 1450569000 1450569000 Disciples of Good Works Summary Statement We are saved by God's grace, yet that salvation does not come in a vacuum. God has prepared good works for us to do (Eph 2:10) in order to prove His own workmanship in our lives. When we do not live up to the works which God has prepared we become unfruitful and thus, in a sense, nullify the grace of God. Outline A. Provision for the Pastor (v. 12) 1. Encouragement by physical presence B. Provision for the Workers (v. 13) 1. don't delay their going 2. provide them with what they need C. Provision for the Congregation (vv. 14-15) 1. teach the congregation devotion of good works a. to help those in dire need b. to prove their fruitfulness 2. final greetings Wisdom, Works, Worship Our Evangelical slant causes us to many times shy away from the topic of good works. Because we are saved by grace we often think that works are completely void of the Christian life. But good works are not something to be avoided. Paul instructed Titus to let the people learn to devote themselves to good works. The Greek word translated 'learn' (mathanō) comes from the same verb that is used to translate the noun 'disciple' in many other passages. As Christians we need to learn to become disciples of good works. While there is a need to recognize that we do not do good works in order to be saved, there also needs to be a recognition that a life void of good works is antithetical to the gospel. Good works are something that are done inside of Christ and without Him there is truly no good work to be done. Titus is a book where the phrase 'good work(s)' appears 6x's within its forty-six verses. That estimates roughly to the phrase appearing a little more than every seven verses! In fact, the phrase appears about eighteen times total throughout the Pauline epistles. Good works are not a sign of trying to earn our salvation. Rather, they are a sign of our fruitfulness in Christ so that we may continue to be pruned by the Father and bear even more good fruit. Let us continue in good works that we may prove to abide in the Father and the Son (John 15:1-5). notes 11450569000614
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