Titus:1-14”How do we live as Christians in a dishonest, harsh, selfish culture? How can we survive without adopting those attitudes? How can we live the good life in this situation? These are the questions the letter of Titus addresses, and these are the questions we need help with each day as we seek to live a gospel-changed life in a society that seeks change and finds truth in many places, but so rarely in the gospel.” - Tim Chester
Main Passage: 1 John 2:3-11 ESVWhat does it take to make you sure of something?Evidence? Confirmation? Personal experience?A drive-through order read back to you for approval?What about being assured that you have eternal life?We just raised the level of the discussion, but that’s quite possibly the most important question that you can answer in this life.In our text today, John wants us to be assured that we have eternal life. He wants us to know that we are in Christ.He wants us to be sure.
Questions1. God, why don’t you care about what’s happening?2. God, why do you remain silent while wickedness prevails?3. God, how can we trust you when there is injustice all around us?Main IdeaGod calls us to trust him even when we don’t understand what’s going on.Habakkuk who?• Very little is known about him• Lived alongside of Zephaniah and Jeremiah• Likely prophesied about 10-20 years before the Babylonian invasions of Judah that began in605 B.C. which resulted in the eventual fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.• The book consists of three short chapters (56 verses in the ESV)• Basically a shortened form of Job, echoing some of the same themes• Like Job, Habakkuk questions God’s justice, but in the end they both realize that God issovereign and his justice is far above anything they can comprehend
Look! Signs from Jesus Part 1 [Bryan Kurty] | Gospel Roots | Nov. 10, 2019
The Gospel of JohnSigns and Teachings of the MessiahJohn 2-5Main idea: Jesus uses signs to point to realities about Himself.Purpose of a Sign: Point to something beyond itselfJohn 20:30–31 (ESV)30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.“It is characteristic of them not so much that they arouse wonder and are hard to explain, nor even that they are demonstrations of the divine power, but rather that they point us to something beyond themselves. They show us God at work. They are meaningful.”—Leon Morris7 Signs#1 - Turning Water into Wine (2:1-11)#2 - Healing the Nobleman’s Son (4:46-54)#3 - Healing the Lame Man (5:1-18)#4 - Feeding the Multitude (6:1-15)#5 - Walking on the Water (6:16-21)#6 - Healing the Man Born Blind (9:1-41)#7 - Raising of Lazarus (11:1-57)Sign #1 - Turning Water into Wine (2:1-11)Points to the reality that Jesus’ kingdom will be characterized by celebration, feasting, abundance, generosity, and joy“Jesus shows his glory…at a wedding—a massive, long party. And not only does he do it at a party, but he does it by producing gallons of wine—so much wine that it would have been impossible to have drunk it all at the party. Whoever this Jesus is, he is not what religion has made him out to be. He is about fullness…”—Josh MoodyWhat about this sign reveals his glory?Context of a weddingNature of the miracleHijacked ritualsWine itselfTEACHINGSCleansing of the Temple (2:12-22)The point was never the temple, but it was a means to foreshadow the way to God. The reality that the temple points to is actually Jesus because he is the only way to God.New Birth (3:1-36)Jesus is performing these signs so that people will know about this new birth that he is coming to secure. Through his sacrifice and because of the Father’s love, God is saving a people that will be given new hearts and so they can walk in the light. This only happens through the Spirit.Water of Life (4:1-42)A new day when the gospel is going to all nations, and worship is not centered on a physical place or geographical location and the wellspring of life will be inside of God’s people.Sign #2 - Healing the Nobleman’s Son (4:46-54)Points to the reality that Jesus comes to give life, not just physical, but eternalJohn 3:15 (ESV)15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.John 4:14 (ESV)14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”Sign #3 - Healing the Lame Man (5:1-18)Points to the reality that Jesus is Lord of all things, including the Sabbath“This passage is about a choice—between religious rules as defined by humans within certain mandated religious systems or the rule of King Jesus himself.”—Josh MoodyTEACHINGThe Divine Son (5:19-47)John 5:39–40 (ESV)39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.Four WitnessesJohn the Baptist (v. 32-33)Jesus’ own miracles and signs (v. 36)Scriptures (v. 37-40)Moses (v. 45-46)CONCLUSION—3 RealitiesJesus brings joyJesus gives lifeJesus is LordScripture for Next Week: John 6-11
This week we begin a short new series talking about the B.L.E.S.S. rhythms. BLESS stands for: Bless. Listen. Eat. Speak. Sabbath. As we begin to worth these rhythms into our lives we will see just how the Gospel needs to be applied to the everyday rhythms of our lives. This podcast focuses on "Bless".