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An Authoritative Model of Gospel-Driven Ministry, Part 8

November 18, 2012 Pastor: John Fonville Series: Titus

Scripture: Titus 1:1–1:4

An Authoritative Gospel-Driven Ministry

Part 8

 

Text: Titus 1:1-4

 

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 (of the truth), 1:1d

 

C.         Godliness, 1:1e

 

D.         Hope of eternal life, 1:2-3a

 

III.       A gospel-driven ministry is devoted to the proclamation of the gospel. 1:3b-c 

 

Lesson:

 

IV.        A gospel-driven ministry is devoted to passing on the gospel. 1:4

 

A.         Titus

 

B.         Gospel Greeting, 1:4c-d

 

1.         Grace, 1:4c

 

2.         Peace, 1:4d

 

3.         “Our Savior,” 1:4e

 

Reflection:

 

A gospel-driven ministry intentionally seeks to pass on the gospel to each generation.

 

""Evangelicals have long acted as though the Gospel was the right 'medicine' for unbelievers, but that believers need to move beyond the Gospel and go on to other things, a movement from the 'milk' to the 'meat.' But this seems untrue- thoroughly out of step with the biblical witness. We believe, rather, that it is imperative to think of moving on from the 'milk' of the Gospel to the 'meat' of the Gospel. For in fact the Gospel is more profound and multifaceted than our finite minds can ever grasp. We never move on from the Gospel; we move on in the Gospel,” (J.I. Packer & Gary Parrett, Grounded in the Gospel, p. 96).

 

“Q. 1 What is your only comfort in life and in death? A. That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me, that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.” (Q. 1, Heidelberg Catechism)

 

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