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Titus – The Good Fruit of God’s Grace

We continue in our series on the epistle of Titus by examining Titus 2:11-15. We’ll look at God’s grace in three tenses, Past Grace, Present Grace and Future Grace. We will learn that we discover this grace through God’s “Standard Message,” which is that unchanging fidelity to the Word of God. As we have been learning, things that accord with sound doctrine ought to mark us out as true believers. But what is the power to practice these many instructions? It is grace. We will find that grace is the power unto obedience, and that’s what is so lacking in Crete and in our own day. Our sermon divisions:

  1. The Trouble With Grace
  2. Past Grace
  3. Present Grace
  4. Future Grace
  5. The Standard

Our public reading was Romans 6:1-14

Titus 2:11-15

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (ESV)

Romans 6:1-14

6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (ESV)