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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
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
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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The Philanthropy of God
Titus 3:1-8
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
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Published January 14th, 2016
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A philanthropist is one who gives his/her time, money, and resources for the benefit of others. Typically, they love to do things for those who do not have a way to do things for themselves. It was God's own philanthropist heart that caused His goodness and lovingkindness to lead us away from our foolish living, a living that was based upon our flesh, and made us heirs of eternal life with His Son, Jesus Christ.
notes 1449278125310 Summary Statement A philanthropist is one who gives his/her time, money, and resources for the benefit of others. Typically, they love to do things for those who do not have a way to do things for themselves. It was God's own philanthropist heart that caused His goodness and lovingkindness to lead us away from our foolish living, a living that was based upon our flesh, and made us heirs of eternal life with His Son, Jesus Christ.
Phrase of the Passage
NT
Titus 3:1-8
esv
mine
Remind them
to be submissive
Content #1
to rulers
Reference
and authorities,
to be obedient,
Content #2
to be ready
Content #3
for every good work,
Result
to [not] speak evil
Content #4
of no one,
to avoid quarreling,
Content #5
to be gentle,
Content #6
and to show perfect courtesy
Content #7
toward all people.
For we ourselves were once foolish,
disobedient,
led astray,
slaves to various passions
Explanation
and pleasures,
passing our days
Manner
in malice
Context
and envy,
hated
Explanation of 3:3f-h
by others
Agency
and hating one another.
Explanation of 3:3i
But when the goodness ... appeared,
Temporal
and loving kindness
of God
our Savior
he saved us,
not because of works done
Negative
by us
in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy,
Standard
by the washing
Means #1
of regeneration
and renewal
Means #2
of the Holy Spirit,
whom he richly poured out
on us
through Jesus Christ
our Savior,
so that being justified
Purpose
by his grace
Means
we might become heirs
according to the hope
of eternal life.
The saying is trustworthy,
and I want you to insist
on these things,
Content
so that those who have believed
in God
[they] may be careful
to devote themselves
to good works.
These things are excellent
and profitable
for people.
Advantage
phrasing
1448825369182 Phrase of the Passage 1448951769 1449273364 NT 56 3 1 3 8 Titus 3:1-8 esv mine 0 1 56003001 Remind them 0 56003001 0 56003001 1 to be submissive 2 2 1 6 Content #1 1 to rulers 4 4 2 6 Reference 1 and authorities, 5 5 1 to be obedient, 2 2 1 6 Content #2 1 to be ready 2 2 1 6 Content #3 1 for every good work, 4 4 1 6 Result 1 56003002 to [not] speak evil 2 56003002 2 56003002 1 6 Content #4 1 of no one, 5 5 1 to avoid quarreling, 2 2 1 6 Content #5 1 to be gentle, 2 2 1 6 Content #6 1 and to show perfect courtesy 2 2 1 6 Content #7 1 toward all people. 4 4 1 6 Reference 1 0 0 1 56003003 For we ourselves were once foolish, 0 56003003 0 56003003 1 disobedient, 6 6 1 led astray, 6 6 1 slaves to various passions 2 2 1 6 Explanation 1 and pleasures, 6 6 1 passing our days 2 2 1 6 Manner 1 in malice 4 4 1 6 Context 1 and envy, 5 5 1 hated 4 4 1 6 Explanation of 3:3f-h 1 by others 6 6 1 6 Agency 1 and hating one another. 4 4 1 6 Explanation of 3:3i 1 0 0 1 56003004 But when the goodness ... appeared, 2 56003004 2 56003004 1 6 Temporal 1 and loving kindness 5 3 3 1 of God 9 3 7 1 our Savior 11 3 9 1 6 Explanation 1 56003005 he saved us, 0 56003005 0 56003005 1 not because of works done 4 4 1 6 Negative 1 by us 6 6 1 6 Agency 1 in righteousness, 8 8 1 6 Context 1 but according to his own mercy, 2 2 1 6 Standard 1 by the washing 4 4 1 6 Means #1 1 of regeneration 7 7 1 and renewal 4 4 1 6 Means #2 1 of the Holy Spirit, 7 7 1 56003006 whom he richly poured out 9 56003006 9 56003006 1 on us 11 11 1 6 Context 1 through Jesus Christ 11 11 1 6 Agency 1 our Savior, 13 13 1 6 Explanation 1 56003007 so that being justified 2 56003007 2 56003007 1 6 Purpose 1 by his grace 4 4 1 6 Means 1 we might become heirs 4 4 1 6 Result 1 according to the hope 6 6 1 6 Standard 1 of eternal life. 10 10 1 0 0 1 56003008 The saying is trustworthy, 0 56003008 0 56003008 1 and I want you to insist 0 0 1 6 Explanation 1 on these things, 2 2 1 6 Content 1 so that those who have believed 2 2 1 6 Purpose 1 in God 4 4 1 6 Context 1 [they] may be careful 4 4 1 6 Reference 1 to devote themselves 6 6 1 6 Purpose 1 to good works. 8 8 1 6 Context 1 0 0 1 These things are excellent 0 0 1 and profitable 4 4 1 for people. 2 2 1 6 Advantage 0.771167048055 2 12 16 9 5 7 1 phrasing 11448951769860
Outline of the Passage
A. Remind the congregation of Christian duty (vv. 1-2) 1. of their proper place in society a. submissiveness b. obedience c. readiness (good works = this could be a tie-back to 2:15) 2. of their proper attitude towards each other a. no slandering b. no fighting c. be kind to everyone B. Remind the congregation of former things (v.3) 1. of how they all once lived a. foolish b. disobedient c. led astray 2. of how they spent their time a. jealousy (envy & malice) b. hating each other (contrasted to 3:2e) C. Remind the congregation of present things (vv. 4-8) a. God saved us!!! (we don't need to live like verse 3). 1. through Jesus because He Himself was good and loving 2. through His own mercy b. God justified us a. by means of His grace b. for the purpose of becoming heirs c. [Pastors] be assertive a. for the sake of those who already believe -- for devotion to God (good works - cf, v. 3:1g)
notes 1449278365566 Outline of the Passage A. Remind the congregation of Christian duty (vv. 1-2) 1. of their proper place in society a. submissiveness b. obedience c. readiness (good works = this could be a tie-back to 2:15) 2. of their proper attitude towards each other a. no slandering b. no fighting c. be kind to everyone B. Remind the congregation of former things (v.3) 1. of how they all once lived a. foolish b. disobedient c. led astray 2. of how they spent their time a. jealousy (envy & malice) b. hating each other (contrasted to 3:2e) C. Remind the congregation of present things (vv. 4-8) a. God saved us!!! (we don't need to live like verse 3). 1. through Jesus because He Himself was good and loving 2. through His own mercy b. God justified us a. by means of His grace b. for the purpose of becoming heirs c. [Pastors] be assertive a. for the sake of those who already believe -- for devotion to God (good works - cf, v. 3:1g)
Wisdom, Works, Worship
Wisdom, Works, Worship God's loving kindness (Greek- philanthrōpia) is thematic in His people's lives. From the way God saves us to His sanctifying work, His goodness should be the motive behind every good work we perform. This central idea centers around two great truths as seen in the passage: a remembrance of how we are to live in the here-and-now (vv. 1-2). This section is divided into two parts: the first, being how we are to relate to our leaders, and the second is how we are to relate to each other. God expects us to be obedient to those whom He has placed over us. Obedience to them is akin to obedience to God (cf, Rom 13:1-7). The second part deals with our relationships to each other. We are not to be slanderous, nor are we to fight and quarrel with one another. Instead, Paul presents the antithesis of showing respect and love towards all people. a remembrance of how we once lived before God's wonderful salvation brought us out of the darkness. (v. 3). Our situation before God's philanthropist appearing was bleak and grim. Paul reminds us that we were foolish and led astray from the truth, and slaves to our own desires. This is the very thing that he has reminded us NOT to be in the first verse. We have been justified so that we who believe in God should devote ourselves to Him in good works. These good works CANNOT be separated from His own loving kindness. Because He is good and kind we are to be good and kind to others. This is shown in our daily lives by the way we interact with our employers, our co-workers, and most importantly, our fellow Christians. We must all strive to be philanthropes in the area of Christian works so that the world may see Jesus Christ and glorify His Name (Matt 5:16).
notes 1449278425934 Wisdom, Works, Worship Wisdom, Works, Worship God's loving kindness (Greek- philanthrōpia) is thematic in His people's lives. From the way God saves us to His sanctifying work, His goodness should be the motive behind every good work we perform. This central idea centers around two great truths as seen in the passage: a remembrance of how we are to live in the here-and-now (vv. 1-2). This section is divided into two parts: the first, being how we are to relate to our leaders, and the second is how we are to relate to each other. God expects us to be obedient to those whom He has placed over us. Obedience to them is akin to obedience to God (cf, Rom 13:1-7). The second part deals with our relationships to each other. We are not to be slanderous, nor are we to fight and quarrel with one another. Instead, Paul presents the antithesis of showing respect and love towards all people. a remembrance of how we once lived before God's wonderful salvation brought us out of the darkness. (v. 3). Our situation before God's philanthropist appearing was bleak and grim. Paul reminds us that we were foolish and led astray from the truth, and slaves to our own desires. This is the very thing that he has reminded us NOT to be in the first verse. We have been justified so that we who believe in God should devote ourselves to Him in good works. These good works CANNOT be separated from His own loving kindness. Because He is good and kind we are to be good and kind to others. This is shown in our daily lives by the way we interact with our employers, our co-workers, and most importantly, our fellow Christians. We must all strive to be philanthropes in the area of Christian works so that the world may see Jesus Christ and glorify His Name (Matt 5:16).
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