Sermons

What Child Is This?

According to recent studies, the majority of the world’s population believes in God or a universal deity. Of course, people describe God in very different ways: personal deity, transcendent divine, higher power, or universal spirit. Nonetheless, we believe something or someone is above humanity and the universe as we know it. So, when a particular person claims to be God, it’s a big deal. And Jesus—the baby born in Bethlehem in the first century CE—did just that. Who is He? What Child is this? 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:12.08.2019

Devotion to Doing Good

As we gather with family and friends celebrate Thanksgiving, we begin the Holiday season that provides significant time with family and friends. For many, however, the extra time with people is not a time of celebration, but of significant stress — maybe even many years of arguments, heart-ache, and pain. So much of Scripture addresses this kind of conflict because of sin and our need for reconciliation, forgiveness, grace. The greatest conflict resolution in history was initiated by God Himself (Titus 3:3-5).

In Titus 3:9-15, the conjunction,“BUT,” introduces us to the contrast between the priority of the Gospel and what must be addressed practically in avoiding foolish arguments or, if necessary, avoiding factious people in order that we might do good to all people.

It’s relatively easy to talk about God’s grace, sing about His love, preach the Gospel, and share its message, but it’s in resolving conflict that we prove the Gospel’s worth and work. God’s grace leads to a life of good works in the church, in our relationships, and in the world. 

(For more on resolving conflict from Larry Murray’s blog, Following Jesus, click here.)

 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.24.2019

The Theology of Becoming Good

Saving Private Ryan follows a group of U.S. soldiers after the WWII Normandy Landing who go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper, Private James Ryan, whose three other brothers have been killed in action. The ending battle scene portrays the final words of Captain John Miller who gave his live to save  Ryan, “Earn this…earn it…”

For the rest of his life, Ryan tried to “earn” the life he’d been given by Captain Miller and others. At the end of his life, however, Ryan was left wondering if he was a good enough man, if he lived a good enough life, and if the sacrifices of others were worth it.

Here’s the Good News from Titus 3:4-8: There is absolutely NOTHING you can do to earn your salvation. Your life has been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. That’s the theology of becoming good and doing good. We’re not left wondering if we’re good enough, if we’ve done enough for God. God’s salvation by His grace is what motivates us to do good works. Our rescue from spiritual death, eternal separation from God, is not earned by our good works, but only by God’s goodness, mercy, and grace. But it’s our salvation by grace that inspires us to take thought about and take initiative in doing good to others.

 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.17.2019

Doing Good in the World

What is your reputation? What do people think about when they hear your name? When people in your school, neighborhood, workplace talk about you, what do you think they say? Most importantly, because of your life, what do others think of Jesus Christ?

Paul’s concern that he expresses to Titus on the island of Crete is the church’s godly witness for Christ in a godless world. It’s the good works of believers that provide a platform for verbal witness that points others to God’s grace.

In Titus 3:1-3, Paul gave Titus his third assignment: “remind them” and keep on reminding them to do good in the world. Reminders of God’s grace motivate us to reveal His grace to others by doing good.

 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.10.2019

Motivation for Doing Good

Preparing to go snow skiing with students last Spring Break, Jeff and his wife, Jennifer, began getting up early to work out in order to be ready to enjoy a full day of skiing every day of the trip. After the ski trip was over, there was still the desire to keep working out, but that only lasted about a week. Without the right motivation, good intentions remain just intentions at home, school, work, sports, etc.

So what motivates you to follow after Jesus? What is your reason for doing good works for Christ? In Titus 2:11-15, we find that a right understanding of Jesus – who He is and what He has done –  is what drives us to doing good.

sermon by: Jeff Edmunds
date: 11.03.2019

Good Relationships

Growing up at Reinhardt Bible Church in East Dallas, I benefited from the lives of gifted teachers, scholars, and leaders like Don Geiger, John Walvoord, Roy Zuck. There were also up and coming pastors like Steve Faubion and Chip Ingram. But it’s not just godly teachers and leaders who influence our lives – it’s good relationships with godly people that can impact us deeply as well. For me, one of those men was Jack Reaves an older man who lives like Christ. Strong faith. Sound doctrine. Solid reputation. Significant example. Sincere relationships. The Gospel shows its value and power not only in the example of godly leaders but also in the impact of good relationships.  

The Gospel has the power to transform societies and cultures, but it begins with the faithful lives and godly character of believers in Jesus lived out in various relationships. That’s why good works thru good relationships reveal the greatness of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Paul’s second assignment to young Titus was to teach solid doctrine and build healthy relationships (Titus 2:1-10).

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.20.2019

Doing Good in the Church: Biblical Discernment

We all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood. When she went to visit her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf knew that she was coming. So he disguised himself to look like Grandma in bed. Little Red Riding Hood barely escaped with her life. The moral of that fairy tale is this: without discernment, you put yourself and others in serious danger.

In Titus 1:9-16, Paul shows how qualified, godly leaders are essential for the church because many false teachers lead others away from truth and grace. Because the enemy is so active in promoting deception and opposing God’s truth and grace, shepherds of Christ’s church must be godly men with discernment who faithfully guard the flock of God’s people.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.13.2019

Godly Leadership

“Attitude reflects leadership, Captain.” A confrontation between teammates, Gary and Julius in Remember the Titans, led to an influential, shared leadership that impacted their team, their friends, their school, and, eventually, their entire community. Their character, example, friendship, and courage made all the difference.

In his letter to Titus, Paul emphasized how godly leadership was essential to churches sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. So he gave him an important assignment: Establish godly leadership for the church by appointing qualified leaders who love God and people (Titus 1:5).

  • If you are a leader of the church, are you living as an example, steward, shepherd, teacher and defender of God’s Word?
  • If you aspire to be a leader, is your love for God and people growing in influence, faithfulness, shepherding, and teaching?
  • If you are a member of the church, are you fulfilling your duty, responsibilities, opportunities, and ministries?

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.06.2019

Good News and Good Works

God’s grace leads to a life of good works. Good works in the church. Good works in our relationships. Good works in our world. That’s the message at the heart of the Paul’s letter to Titus.

Paul left Titus on Crete, a large island off the coast of Greece, to re-establish order among a network of house churches there.   Since the Good News about Jesus reached Crete (see Acts 2:11), the churches came under the influence of corrupt leaders who said they were Christians, but were ruining the churches and their reputation in the community.

Nowhere else does Paul more forcefully urge the connection between the truth of the Good News about Jesus and good works among His followers. Grace leads to good works.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.15.2019

Sunday Service Times

9:30 am
Adult Life Connection Classes
Estudios Biblicos en Español
Children's Classes
Junior High Senior High 

10:30 am
Coffee and Fellowship

11:00 am
Communion Worship Service in English (Auditorium)
K- Grade 5: Children enjoy worship service in the main auditorium with their families. Children will be dismissed to Children's Church midway through the service.

Servicio de Adoración en Español
11:00 am (Fellowship Hall)

 

Dr. Constable’s Bible Study Notes

Dr. Constable’s Notes are freely available providing commentary on all 66 books of the Bible. Click HERE for Web-based format (best for viewing on-line) or click HERE for PDF format (best for printing).

 

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