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SERMON STUDY NOTES

 

SERIES:       A Celebration of the Biblical Gospel

TITLE: The Compelling Reasons for Preaching the Gospel - Part 3

TEXT: Titus1:1-4           

PURPOSE: To further challenge the hearer to take seriously the task proclaiming or preaching the gospel to everyone.

  

                        

INTRODUCTION AND REVIEW

In 1 Cor.1:18-26, Paul presents Christ as the Power and Wisdom of God. This power and wisdom are revealed in the "message of the cross."

That message is God's total revelation, that is, the gospel in all its fullness, which centers in the incarnation and crucifixion of Christ (2:2); the entire divine plan and provision for the redemption of sinners, which is the theme of all Scripture.

REVIEW

In our last study, we examined God's sovereign act of determining and drawing His elect to Himself.

A. Acts 13:48 reflects His electing grace in eternity past

B. John 6:37-44 records His drawing power in the present

We concluded, then, that...The Gospel Must Be Preached So God's Elect can hear it and Believe.

THE CURRENT MESSAGE

II. THE GOSPEL MUST BE PREACHED SO THE SAVED CAN

APPLY IT AND GROW IN GODLINESS (Titus 1:1)

A.   1 Tim. 2:3,4

B.   2 Tim. 2:25

1.   The first link of our preaching deals with evangelism

2.   The second link of our preaching deals with edification, and now, we pick up:

C.   Sanctification - God's purpose to build up the saved by the Word of God. Sanctification is an inner-Trinitarian work:

                                                                 

   1.    Produced by God (1 Thess.5:23)

2.   Produced by Christ (Heb.2:11)

3.   Produced by the Holy Spirit (1 Pet.1:2)

4. Protected by the Truth (John 17:17-19)

And so the gospel must be preached so the saved can apply it and grow in godliness according to Titus 1:1

 

III. THE GOSPEL MUST BE PREACHED SO THE SAVED CAN BE ENCOURAGED BY IT IN TIMES OF DIFFICULTIES (Titus 1:2,3).

The final compelling reason for preaching the gospel is the "hope" it brings. The Believer's hope is in God (Ps.39:7; 1 Pet.1:21), in Christ (1 Cor.15:19;1 Tim.1:1), and in God's promises (Acts 26:6,7; Titus 1:2). And so, the gospel is the means whereby God fills a troubled saint with hope - a living and divine expectation of the future good.

Keruson Ton Logon...PREACH THE WORD!

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