Message notes on a sermon by Pastor Ewings based on Titus 3:3-8
Change can be one of the most challenging things we deal with in life. Some changes are welcome. From time to time, we like a change of routine or change in scenery. Some changes can be either for the good or bad like a change in plans or a change in a relationship. There are other changes that we seek to avoid at all costs. The changes that can be especially difficult for us are the changes where we stand on the outside looking in; we don’t have a say in the matter.
In our reading from Titus today, our God speaks to us of the changes He makes in our lives. We were truly powerless to change ourselves—we were slaves to sin. Trapped by the enemies of foolishness, disobedience, malice, passions, pleasures, envy and hatred, there was nothing we could do to escape on our own. Our God had mercy on us and changed our lives for eternity.
What a difference the kindness and love of God has made in us! God is the One Who effected the biggest change in our lives. He freed us from the chains of sin and the prison of hell and made us His children and heirs of the kingdom of Heaven. This means that today we can draw on His riches; and when He comes, we will share His wealth and His kingdom forever.
Salvation came not only because of God’s kindness and love, but also because of His mercy. We did not save ourselves; He saved us. How did He do it? Through the miracle of a new birth, the work of the Holy Spirit of God. What is the result of this kindness, love, mercy, and grace? Hope! Our God gives you hope for today and hope for the future. See how Jesus has changed your life forever!
Lesson 1: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Lesson 2: Titus 3:3-8
Gospel: Luke 3:15-17