What must a pastor do, in addition to affirming the truth? Titus 3:9–11 prepares us for the second serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that in addition to affirming the truth, a pastor must avoid uses of the Bible that are not in keeping with the Bible.
What can we learn from Lot's mistakes?
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This passage is people of grace living as people of grace. God's love is incomparably great. God's love is foreign to us. We love because things delight us. But God loves the unlovely. When God adopts a child into His household out of the world, the world no longer recognizes that one. Its like being dropped into a foreign country, and the people do not understand the language you are speaking. The world cannot understand us. John reassured us that we are God's children now. Perhaps we are having trouble believing that we are God's child now. The language of our hope is that everyone who has their hope fixed on Christ, will purify himself just as He is pure. We cannot be indifferent to sin. Any position of indifference on our part is an error. The Christian wants to be pure as His Lord. He will not practice sin. He will learn to practice righteousness.
We can't avoid those who are in error, so how do we deal with them? We need to be careful about what we say to them and not engage in useless squabbles. It is important to take a stand for true doctrine, as Martin Luther did in the Reformation. What we believe is translated into how we live, so we do need to find the hills to die on. These things need to be talked about; but when we do, we need to be gentle and not obnoxious. And we need to remember that it is our job to present the truth to people, but it's God Who changes their hearts.
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!  For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,  though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:  circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;  concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.  But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ  and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
What Does Jesus Love and Hate?
Those who seek glory FROM men reveal they have NO eternal glory to give away TO men. (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Paul is saying... we never made it about us. It's always been for God's glory and your benefit. (1 Thessalonians 2:6-7)
We didn't butter you up. ("flatter")
We didn't bait or bargain with you. ("cloak of covetousness")
We didn't play the big shot or big show with you. ("seek glory or praise from you")
This is why he tells them we gave and poured into you... and never demanded you give to us. We gave and never took from you because we had an aim to bring Jesus to you. For without Him... you would perish. (1 Thessalonians 2:7-10)
Remember this: Those who seek glory and praise and affirmation and applauds FROM men reveal they have NOTHING significant from God to give away TO men. (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:7-8
Yes, the right kind of love, from the right source, for the right goal (Habakkuk 2:13-14).
Cain loved, the wrong way from a wrong heart (1 John 3). He said, "love not as Cain." I've studied all the essential dynamics of the kingdom and kingdom life — from love, grace, faith, wisdom the King, Himself, wisdom, fear of the Lord, joy of the Lord… and how they all hate lies, unrighteousness, iniquity, wickedness, falsehood.
Just a short list of truth to undergird it.
Psalm 45:7 ; Titus 2:11-14 ; 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 ; Proverb 8:6-11 ; Proverbs 8:12-13 ; James 3:13-18 ; Nehemiah 8:10 ; Proverbs 10:29 ; Psalm 21:1 ; Isaiah 33:6 ;
It is not melodramatic to say that most Christians believe they are in Christ because of some autonomous choice or act on their part. And these Christians carry a certain self-righteousness about them, a spiritual smirk that tells the world, "I am a Christian and you are not because I am better than you." This is a common, and deadly error. In this episode, we examine and affirm not only the necessity of grace and faith, but the all-sufficient nature of grace and faith in Christ alone to save and renew the dead sinner. A salvation not of ourselves.
Professing to be wise, they became fools,  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,  who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.