Appetite for Christ

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Sermon Text: Luke 1:5-25 Outline: Reality of Reproach Ready to Receive Reflection Questions: How, or when, have you felt the reality/weight of reproach (or the stressful threat of disapproval) in your life? What’s your coping strategy for dealing with reproach? What experiences have dramatically contributed to your hunger and yearning for the imputed perfection, crucifixion, […]

Can I Be Certain?

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Sermon Text: Luke 1:1-4 Outline: Is Scripture reliable? Is Luke reliable? Is Jesus reliable? Reflection Questions: How have you, in effect, created your own Bible, selectively choosing what you want it to say? Which part of Jesus’ story is most compelling to you? About what part of Jesus’ life do you wish you knew more? […]

Carriers

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Sermon Text: Titus 3:12-15 Outline: Get Give Grace Reflection Questions: How do you personally GET the truth, goodness, and beauty of Jesus of Nazareth? Not an academic accumulation and expertise about the love of God, but how do you actually experience the scandalous love of God (inerrantly and supernaturally revealed in Scripture)? Who do you […]

Your Hope Is Too Small

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Sermon Text: Titus 2:11-15 Outline: Your Hope In This Life Your Hope In Christ Reflection Questions: Where are you buying into the idea that your identity and purpose are self-defined? What occupies most of your daydreams about the future? i.e. Where do you put your hope? Are you tired of putting your hope in things […]

Every Station Tells The Story

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Sermon Text: Titus 2:1-10 Outline: Stability Stories Seen Reflection Questions: Who is your favorite Star Wars character? Would you actually submit to the leadership of a small, shriveled, silly sounding leader like Yoda? The Bible says to trust and obey everything Jesus says, and lean not on your own understanding. How are you doing? Will […]

Lord, Cure My Legalism!

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Sermon Text: Titus 1:10-16 Outline: The Cretan Problem What Is Legalism? Self-righteousness Self-loathing The Cure Reflection Questions: Are you willing to do the hard work of self-examining your heart even though you won’t get any credit for it whatsoever? How have you poisoned yourself by playing the comparison game with others, whether you think yourself […]

In Every Town

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Sermon Text: Titus 1:5-9 Outline: Where? What? Why? Reflection Questions: Who is the worst? Could they be your pastor one day? The preacher said, “The best thing about you is your appetite for Jesus.” Do you agree? Why or why not? The preacher said, “The most mature thing about any leader is their desperate dependence […]

Who Are We & What Are We About?

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Sermon Text: Titus 1:1-4 Outline: Servant Striving For Sons Reflection Questions: What do you do? What are you passionate about? Why? Do you feel secure and content with your status? Why or why not? How is your faith (see Hebrews 11 for specifics) growing these days? What is godliness? What is truth that accords with […]