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Amazing Grace, Amazing Graciousness, Part 2

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July 20, 2020 9:00 am

Amazing Grace, Amazing Graciousness, Part 2

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July 20, 2020 9:00 am

For those who have been attending church for a while, phrases like “resurrection,” “salvation,” and “born again” can become kind of worn out, and we can lose sight of how incredible they really are. As he continues our series called Everyday Theology, Pastor J.D. calls us to take a fresh look at the glory of the gospel.

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Today on Summit life with Jeannie Greer don't get distracted and you don't go all the directions you focus on the cross of what Paul is saying in Titusville, deep in the cross always deeper because it is in the gospel. It is in the glory of who God is and what he's done all the beauties of the Christian life begin to come out like resurrection again that nouns and we lose sight of how incredible really are today on Summit life pastor and theologian JD Greer take a fresh look at the glory of the gospel with these words truly mean for us as believers. It's a part of our series called everyday theology. If you've missed any of the previous messages you can find them online. JD

Now here's pastor JD with the message title amazing Grace amazing graciousness This verse one. Remind them that is the believers to be submissive to rulers or authorities, even ones that don't share your perspectives to be obedient to be ready for every good work to speak evil of no one correlating to be gentle and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. That's a key word there all people, not just Christians. God's people were nice for you. You show it to everybody, especially your enemies.

He tells them to disagree without dishonoring that is the command that Paul gives but I want you to watch what he does next to this is so classic Paul once you learn this pattern you will see it everywhere in Paul's writing verse three was the first word for or because MM ball is about to give one of the clearest and most concise explanations of the gospel found anywhere in all of his letters. This is the key to interpreting all Paul's teaching commands always flow out of gospel declarations. So in other words, imperatives, what God commands us to do always come out of indicative or declarations of what God has done so we will divide this message into two parts. We will divide it into the indicative and the imperative bullet first to be indicative of what Paul declares to us about the gospel and then from that we will see the imperatives of what he wants us to do in response. Verse three he starts the indicative with a description of us and bad news is a really decimal one. Verse three for we ourselves were once foolish. Literally our hearts became spiritually stupid. One commentator says we became moral morons. It's not just that our morality got distorted. We disobeyed even those things we knew to be right. We were slaves. This is next phrase to various passions, our separation from God, but the gap in our hearts that made us dependent on other things.

It is often the absence of purpose and identity in Christ that creates a craving that enslaves you to your bodily desires. Sin did not just hurt you. It corrupted you.

It builds you. God has a thousand reasons to condemn us. Sin wipes us out and Paul calls that spiritual death. We are dead in our sin. Verse four but that is a huge but yes, I know exactly what that sounds like, but the beauty of the gospel is in that word but C got a notice before Paul gets there, he brought you face-to-face with your depravity, your foolish disobedience. He rated an 80 sometimes all you want to skip over this and get to the gospel, but you will never appreciate you will never wonder at the beauty of the gospel until you understand your depravity. You will never weep for joy.

You will never be moved to the behaviors that he is telling you to be moved to in verses one and two until you understand the depravity of verse three in the but God in verse four, so we cannot skip over this part.

I know it's not positive and encouraging. I know it's not going to get me again on Oprah when we go through verse three, but you understand, listen that that is where the beauty of the gospel starts the but God comes in response to your depravity. That's why Francis Schaeffer said this, what is it only had one hour to talk to a person who knew nothing about the Bible and one hour. I would spend the first 50 minutes trying to convince them of their sinfulness and only the last 10 minutes talking to them about the gospel because they will never understand the gospel. They will never appreciate the gospel they would never weep for joy the gospel until you understand what an amazing word, that word in verse four, but is but when the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us he saved us he was the only actor anyone that I did my best immunity can became integrated on the curb, he did it all. What was my part of salvation. I did all the sending he did all the saving is not in verse three. I'm not in verse four. What part was my salvation to be doing to do my best and Hilda took care of the rest know start to finish.

It was his work and it has to be received as a gift. It is almost hard to describe like you to suddenly woke up in the back of an ambulance, you have no idea how you got there, but there are tubes that cannot you everywhere you have a mascot there's an EMT's interviews it you are in a terrible rack and you were unconscious and you are about to die, but we saved your life you're going to be okay. He is not inviting you to get up and hearts are helping to save yourself the spaces that you gotta lie there because I'm doing it all for you what happens in conversion to suddenly you wake up to the news that Jesus Christ has saved you 2000 years ago and he didn't ask you to help save yourself and us is lie there and let me know it because I am going to do it all. You say does not because of works done by us in righteousness he doesn't, according to his own mercy. Mercy literally means that God withhold from us that thing that we do. We deserve it and give it to me because I was better than the person on my writer.

My left it and give it to me because I was smarter look at me and say that one's got potential. He looked at me and said love there wouldn't goodness in my heart, or potential in my life. It was love in his it was mercy. He did it by the washing of regeneration, washing means that he cleanses us from the stains of sin in the New Testament the picture. This is leprosy. When Jesus would heal.

Leprosy was given us a picture of how he would remove the stain of sin, rethinking the Old Testament of Naaman. Naaman was a guy was covered with leprosy from head to toe and he comes in and to Elisha, the prophet Elisha said you got a dip in the Jordan River seven times, and on the seventh time he comes up in his skin is like the skin of a baby and this was a picture for us of what Jesus would do. By putting people underneath his blood, that when they came out in faith gone from their soul was the stain of sin.

We even sing about it only there is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins and sinners climbs beneath that flood lose all their guilty stain.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day, and there may either file as he watched all my sins away for the hymn writer is saying is there is no difference between the thief and the person and jerks. They're both vile and cover with leprosy in the blood of Jesus cleanses them both by the washing of regeneration by like that on that picture for us in baptism. Baptism is not washing third offer you and that's what saves you mean of course not.

During city tap water that's your dirty when you come up and we went down, but it's a picture of how sinners climbs beneath the blood of Jesus lose all their guilty stain the washing of this even better regeneration. That's a really powerful and explosive word in Greek controversial palling that ACL was the work. What controversial. It was a term the Greek philosophers had invented to describe reincarnation Greek philosophy believe that the world, the corrupt get better crop get better.

It was the cycle what Paul does is he take their word and said note that regeneration you are looking for that happen one time, the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the power that would make the world new comes into you when you believe on Jesus. Greek philosophers when they read Titus they would've gone nuts, casinos took their word Your words are were both like notes God's word and what God is going to do is take the power that is going to make the world new again will remove the curse from the world that will take away tsunamis and pain in cancer and he puts it in you now when you believe on Jesus.

Tim Keller calls it, time travel, because it is that regeneration I got is going to one day apply to the whole earth.

We put in you now when you trust in Christ. Listen to not ever underestimate the power of the new birth and what it can do in you. There is no addiction. There is no sand there is no stain that that regeneration that brought Jesus out of the grave cannot begin to work in you.

There is no sense ever in life that somebody is hopeless because God says behold I make all things new, near the people that God built the church on the backs of guys like Peter and Paul. These were deeply flawed individuals very different. In fact, Peter was a coward's got a big mouth that would crumble as soon as he got any kind of pressure.

Paul was harsh. Paul was condemning you and of like you been friends of Paul, you know but but but Ludvig I give these guys. Peter became so bold that he would be crucified upside down all the harsh judgment of one would ask you write something so beautiful that most of you had it read in your weddings.

First Corinthians 13. If you don't, Paul. He was a young man that is the last guy you want to write you something about love is what the gospel does. It takes the selfish and the better and it makes them loving it takes the cowardly and make them brave.

It takes the addicted and makes himself controlled. It takes those who are abusive and it makes them fountains of generosity.

He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free the blood of Jesus washed away the penalty of your sin. The resurrection of Jesus shatters the power of sin in your life renewal. He says of the Holy Spirit is a great word to funeral made new again our hearts are really trained for righteousness is in in Titus 211, Paul used the word training were trained in righteousness. The word training is the world Paideia Paideia doesn't mean trained like imparted knowledge training that way means maturity or strengthening like you would do to a child or like you would do to an atrophied muscle.

That's why we say you don't need to turn over a new leaf.

You need the infusion of new life. You need not resolve the new better union resurrection into life, new life power. Verse six and God poured out that on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior. So that being justified by his grace we see, whereas mercy was God withholding from us. What we did deserve grace is him pouring out on us.

What we do not deserve. That's why he uses words like richly and poured out because this is fountain that just gives you everything. It's free for you, but it cost him all yet I had to go to the cross for you member the definition of grace DR ACE God's riches for you at Christ expense continues on verse and River seven so that we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life as if there was not enough Jesus said all not only do you get all this you get. You actually get Jesus's inheritance, it becomes yours furniture store a few years ago about a rich man who had his wife died when they gave birth when she gave birth to their first son.

I never remarried, the son was the apple of his eye, the love of his life when his son was 17 years old he died in a car wreck and so on. The man lived a few years after that. And then he died didn't have many close relatives, and so there was an auction off all of his estates to whoever you however when the bias of a help is big auction and then goods are so wealthy people from miles around, came to to bid on things.

Well the guy.

The auctioneer gets up in the first thing he does. He pulls out a portrait that had been painted of the businessman son just a few weeks before he died and that he said this is the first thing up for auction and so I will accept bids on this well is a very personal painting you notice in the thought had a need for it and so was sort of an awkward silence on so finally after a couple minutes of silence, the servant of the Godhead worked at his house. His house keeper raised his hand and said I'll take that is what your babies that I give you 20 bucks for gas and pay $20 as the bed dryer second, $20 one wants $20 one twice sold brings down the gavel picture gavel by covering it on second times at auctions over the more confusing like yeah maybe just man's will. It says very clearly. He who takes a son takes everything to the entire estate goes to the servant because he has the sign. What Paul is telling you is that when you got Christ not only got forgiveness.

You not only got the power of the life you live every single thing God had to offer that everything was in the sun that all the promises of Almighty God. All the future. Everything that is beautiful in God's heart is now your possession, because it is in Christ was poured out on you richly, not because of works of righteousness, but solely because of his grace. That's Paul's statement of declaration that the indicative. Then he says mostly I catch this boat a single doctrinal lesson.

Paul says I told all that is an expiration for why you were supposed to do a couple things to order the imperatives. Well I see an imperative for an unbeliever, and I see an imperative for a believer must talk about the imperative for the unbeliever.

First, the imperative for the unbeliever is you must be born again as the imperative is there is the way for you.

Save yourself, not by works of righteousness. It's gotta be a gift that is given to you. You see, the gospel is that Jesus Christ did what you could not do is suffer the penalty of sin in your place. There's only two ways to pay for sin effectively wanted to spend eternity in hell paying for the others. Jesus paid for it in your place. There's only one way that you can have new life minutes by overcoming the grave and there's only one who's ever done that and that is the resurrection of Jesus is when you trust in Christ that you get the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. You must be born again with moralistic there it. What I find is that many people confuse, listen to this Christian conversion of moral reformation. They think are to come to church and become a better person and they're gonna start going to church more than Assam last Christian conversion could not be more different than moral reformation with moral reformation. You see your mostly good God looks at you and you see the bad spot the banana into the rust bodies are sanded down and you are doing maturity. He sees the potential in you with Christian conversion. No, because sanded not knock you down on the gods JV team it and put you on probation added in bridge on a slower track to get your mansion in heaven. Jesus is to be your turbo boost and what you killed. You is on people say all your Jesus is just a crutch. My dues and not a crutch is a stretcher because you can even went into heaven without Jesus pick me up and implement a stretcher and he carried me and it's all in with moral reformation. You're in charge with moral reformation.

You're in charge.

You decide what to do. You decide how far to go. You decide what the goals are.

You strive to achieve them receiving the power the kingdom of God is something that's done to you.

You have no idea where to take you all you can do is receive it in surrender and say God nothing to bargain with it's all yours.

You take you where you want to take me. It has to be received as a gift. That's the only way that it can be received nothing in my hands, I bring simply to that cross I cling that's the imperative for unbelievers. You must be born again. The imperative for believers as you start seeing the world through that lens go back to that list in verses one and sip and what you start to see their glassy humility, bias, humility, God saying you were this I can save you because you are more moral and ethical leads you to gentleness course people don't understand.

I didn't understand God save me a one that I got smart and figured it out when I was moral and rewarded me.

I was dead like they were using another contemporary show. It's kind of like the walking dead shall dead people around them not show if you stick them in the head and they die. This repulses us to the world a little differently. I see dead people spiritually that people and it's the gospel that makes them alive, and there are degrees of dead people are just dead and God graciously for the gospel in the media so I don't look on you with condemnation. A look on you with compassion or to change the metaphor for minute again thinking about gentleness, how it changes your disposition listen I described it before, like if you was a man who was clinically insane.

He thought he was Superman cc on top of the tallest building in Raleigh. He got a tape on these about the fly think you see can fly to you, behind the nanny like him and you not Superman, you can fly got in on Superman on the fly and you offer a free choice managing jump to die right he's insane. He thinks he Superman 100 out of 100 times what you get to choose choose a job matter how persuasive your arguments are you going to jump if you had the ability to somehow use them in the needle of antidote or whatever restore sanity doing any good offer in the same choice in this time 100 out of 100 times what to go to come back down. The difference is not in the way you present. The question is not present in the question more eloquently is not using better illustrations. It has to do with the sanity of the person that you're talking to. Paul said regeneration is the sanity restorer, it is not the persuasiveness of human words that converts the human heart is the preaching of the gospel in the regeneration of the Holy Spirit is he hears that changes how I approach people for a minute I never defend the faith. I do what it means. Listen, is that what I do is patiently present in the gospel because the gospel is the means of life. Faith comes by hearing Paul says in Romans 10 and hearing comes by the word of God to the believer find themselves spending a lot of time in prayer for unsafe people because he's praying that God will help them calm to see restore the sanity of their heart and the believer spent a lot of time patiently explaining the gospel is the gospel is the fusion of life that restore sanity and when that happens you don't need eloquent stories. You don't need a dynamic personality is present, the question simply becomes very obvious falsehood. You will come gentle, you will become humble, you will become deeply compassionate. You have a regard verse one for all because they're dead like you were there also made in the image of God like you and you look at them and say, God, you rescued me when I was dead to use me to bring others from death to life, you'll find yourself giving away your money and your time to serve, you will become verse one eager for good works are ready for good works, not just because you have to go because you want to you want to glorify God and you want to love others because it's just in your nature.

God is always been after a people who are gracious because he is gracious to treat others as they have been treated.

This is the wonder Paul says of the gospel and this is what authenticates our faith before the outside world. Verse eight this saying is trustworthy and I want you to insist on these things. Those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works, why because good works authenticate our faith to the outside world.

They show that we have a compassion and a humility that the world does not emulate. It comes from the gospel. It comes from understanding the grace of God.

He said these works won't just authenticate your faith, the outside world should authenticate your faith. Do you, how could you call yourself a believer who has encounter the grace of God and still treats and casual, how could you be someone who believes that Jesus saved you when you are helpless and still be stingy with your money.

How could you believe that God forgave you of an insurmountable debt in the not forgive somebody else how could you believe that you were dead in trespasses and sins. When Jesus saved you, and then look at 2.2 billion people in the world never heard the name of Jesus and say I'm just not that concerned. Paul said, you gotta go into the gospel in severe. So he concludes the whole book. These things are excellent and profitable for people but avoid avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and they are worthless saying there. Stay away from religious people major on minors, and everywhere in Paul's day and are there in our day and by the mid-argument everything today. There were 2000 years ago, but they didn't essentially the same version of different stuff in Paul's day was genealogies. I never had an argument with my geology.

I what I find.

People want to do that when talking about, well, you know the real Calvinism that to me about eschatology and where you believe that when they do come back are you and I like the style of worship and you guys worship in the style act like this nonveteran and we do is ritual or hear much of this. Which one are you not like okay these are all the questions in their place for you not the only thing in the Christian life that you bring power to the cross of Jesus Christ is a Paul says you get yourself in a place for the minor things are minor and the major things are major you get in a place for the cross is preached consistently week to week you in a place, regardless of whether they worship like what you want worsen life or it'd fit your faith in you get in a place because it is the cross of Jesus Christ that transforms the person into the kind of people that God wants them to be. You don't get distracted, you don't go off the directions and you focus on the cross. That's what Paul is saying in Titus go deep in the cross always deeper because it is in the gospel is in the glory of who God is and what he's done all the beauties of the Christian life together, so go deeper still that their goal every day on Senate life with pastor Jeannie Greer to hear this message again. Visit us The message is titled amazing Grace amazing graciousness in its former series called everyday theology to encourage you to pick up a copy of our newest Bible study work back at the six week study that's been created just for you. The title is start foundations of the Christian faith without a solid foundation. There's no ground for us to stand on. Sometimes it's hard to know where to start is that he actually helps you with that when he is alone for your personal quiet time with your small group. This is a great resource that you don't want to mess, get your copy today when you get a financial gift of $25 or more, 866-335-5220 866-335-5220. Forgive online Jeannie you can also write to us and request a Bible study JD Greer ministries PO Box 12293, Durham, NC 27709. We love to hear how God's been working in your life. Because of this ministry. It exists to bring God's life changing truth to listeners like you said you missed that contact info always find it online.


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