Looking for Hope - Anticipation (Titus 2:11-15)
Gearl Spicer, July 19, 2020
Part of the Axis of A Living Faith series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Titus 2:11–15 (Listen)
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
AXIS OF A LIVING FAITH
Looking for Hope - Anticipation
What do you anticipate?
Anticipation - eagerly waiting for something you know is going to happen.
Spiritual anticipation - Living in His grace while awaiting His return!
How should I live?
*But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Micah 7:7
*Beloved, now we are children of God….We know that when He appears, we will be like him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope, foxed on Him purifies himself, just as you are pure. I John 3:2-3
*And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him. Luke 21:38
*…looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. Titus 2:13
Actions steps of anticipation
I. Live in the light – Grace - v.11
*His love and kindness come through a personal relationship!
II. Learn the lessons - Instructions-v.12
A. Deny - willful act of conscience-SAY NO!
1. Ungodliness - absence of devotion
2. Worldly desires - potential risks to our purity
B. Apply - Willful acts of obedience - SAY YES!
1. Sensibly - sound mind - control of thoughts
2. Righteously - committed heart - obey the Word
3. Godly - in fellowship with Jesus - Transformation
III. Long for His return - Expectation - v.13
A. Hope - certain reality
B. Appearing - unveiling His presence
IV. Make it count! - Good deeds - v.14
*For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10