Sermons on Church

Sermons on Church

Red and Yellow, Black and White

The Word Red and Yellow, Black and White (Eph 2:11-22) In Paul’s description of the Church in Ephesians 2, he explained that Jesus’ cross broke down sinful, ethnic boundaries we established.  How are we to combat racism within the Body of Christ? CONTEXT The early Church was originally predominately Jewish, and they initially struggled with how to accept Gentiles. At the Jerusalem Council, the leaders denounced the notion that Gentiles had to become Jewish before becoming Christians. Paul wrote to the…

The Daily Church

The Word The Daily Church (Acts 2:42-47) As the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples, the early church was born.  This body of believers met together daily and saw God do amazing acts in their midst. CONTEXT Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection changed everything. As Jesus commissioned the disciples in his heavenly ascent, he told them to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and gave the gifts of tongues so…

Until Every Need Is Met

Titus 3:12-15 Christianity was founded upon what Jesus gave and yet we have turned church into what we get. The tendency in church can be to give as little as possible. Instead of showing minimal generosity, we should see how we can sacrificially give until every need is met. We have been shown God’s goodness so that we can display God’s goodness. Intentional Multiplication (Titus 3:12) The local church should be in the process of spiritual multiplication and intentional replacement. Our…

Stirring Up Division

4/23/17 – Titus: Stirring Up Division (Titus 3:9-11) In our striving for church unity, we must avoid majoring in the minors. God’s Word teaches us how to maintain unity and deal with those who stir up division. Avoid Divisive Arguments (Titus 3:9) We must discern the difference between truths, trends, and traditions. Truths are the unchanging, unbending doctrines of God clearly presented in Scripture. Trends are the current and popular directions within a culture. Traditions are the doctrines accepted by some to have…

The Multigenerational Church

The Multigenerational Church (Titus 2:1-8) – Churches are prone to segregate groups by ages.  The biblical example is quite different by modeling multigenerational relationships. The best protection against false doctrine is through teaching sound doctrine. Right belief leads to right behavior.  (Orthodoxy leads to orthopraxy.) God’s plan for growing biblical churches is by discipling one another through multigenerational relationships. An older man should be (Titus 2:2): Sober-minded – A sober-minded man is one who can make wise decisions with complete clarity of mind. Dignified – A dignified man is one who has earned the respect of others. Self-controlled –…

All Talk

All Talk (Titus 1:10-16) – Many can profess doctrinal clarity but few can practice ethical purity.  As believers, we cannot be all talk in our commitment. Titus 1:10-16 All talk Christians can profess doctrinal clarity but unable to practice ethical purity. Satan’s strategy is to get you to doubt, deny, and then defy God’s Word. False teachers are used by Satan to entice those within the Church since those outside the Church are already deceived. Recognize a False Teacher (Titus 1:10-12) False teachers often superimpose their authority over God’s authority. Too many people read the Bible…

Order in the Church

Titus 1:1-9 Churches can easily drift from the biblical mandate.  God’s Word provides specific directions to bring order within a church family. God wants his church discipled. I serve God; I’m sent by God – not the other way around. Election can either become a nuisance, an avoidance, or an obsession. The most foundational element of election is being in awe that God would actually desire any of us. Faith leads to knowledge.  Knowledge leads to godliness.  Godliness leads to hope.…