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An Authoritative Model of Gospel-Driven Ministry, Part 5

October 28, 2012 Pastor: John Fonville Series: Titus

Scripture: Titus 1:1–1:4

An Authoritative Model of Gospel-Driven Ministry

Part 5

 

Text: Titus 1:1-4

October 28, 2012

 

Introduction/Review:

 

I.          A gospel-driven ministry is devoted to the service of the gospel. 1:1a-b

II.         A gospel-driven ministry is devoted to the goals of the gospel. 1:1c-3a

 

A.         Faith, 1:1c

 

B.         Knowledge, 1:1d

 

Lesson:

 

C.         Godliness, 1:1e

 

“In a God-centered gospel, grace is central. God is exalted at every point in the outworking in Christ and its application to His people. Our King is assured of a kingdom and will neither be frustrated by human resistance nor obligated to save His creatures because of their supposed rights to His favor. We rejoice in the benefits that accrue to all of us from a gracious God, but we glory in our God alone and the vindication of His honor above whatever good may come to humanity,” (Bruce Metzer, Tell The Truth, p. 41).

 

“Even if there were no hell, it [a pious mind-J.F.) would still shudder at offending Him alone,” (John Calvin, Institutes, 1.3.2.).

 

“It is an essential feature of truth, and a good test of its authenticity, that since it comes from God it leads to God. Any doctrine which does not promote godliness is manifestly bogus,” (John Stott, 1 Timothy & Titus, p. 169).

 

“…the only lawful commendation of doctrine is this, that it instructs us to fear God and to bow before Him with reverence. And hence we are also informed, that the greater progress any one has made in godliness, he is so much the better disciple of Christ; and that he ought to be reckoned a true theologian who edifies consciences in the fear of God,” (John Calvin, Calvin’s Commentaries, vol. 21, pp. 282-283).

 

Reflection:

 

Do you desire to be a godly person?

Do you desire to grow in your reverence of and love for God?

Do you desire to live a life that is centered on God rather than yourself?

Do you desire to have a life that is characterized by a conscious devotion to God and the pursuit of holiness?

 

1.         The fear of God is the soul of godliness.

2.         Learning to live by the gospel is the art of godliness.

 

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