In the 26 years of The True Vine CRC , what would be our perspectives: good and bad?
Points to Remember:
We are not celebrating for ourselves but for celebrating God’s grace and faithfulness in our lives.
-Titus was ministering in Crete. (1:12)
-Grace and power of God- there was a church in Crete!
-Paul challenged Titus to continue the work. (Right attitudes, right mind and good works)
-Titus needed to hear God’s grace.
-We are sinners now, we are the church.
-Mahirap maging Kristiyano, dahil marami tayong makakabanggang tao.
-Sometimes we feel like Titus. We also need to hear about God’s grace.
Dito sa Titus 2:11-14, mayroong tatlong reminders sa atin about God’s grace and encouragement to us.
1. GOD IN GRACE SAVED US (vv.11,13,24)
-Ikaw at ang simbahan ay belong to God. We are the people of God because of grace.
-Anytime you doubt who you are , you want to give up,… remember the Grace of God.
2. GOD IN GRACE SANCTIFIES (vv.11-12)
-Sanctify means to make holy, set apart as sacred, process of making holy
-Grace of God is training us.
a. TRAINING US TO SAY “NO” TO UNGODLINESS
b. TRAINING US TO LIVED FOR GOD
-itong sanctification na ito ay dahil sa Diyos na Siyang humuhubog sa atin.
-Through the Word of God, other Christians, example of others and all of these through the direct work of the Holy Spirit in us
-God is working, training and teaching His people.
-(v.14; zealous for good works) Ito ang gustong makita ng Lord sa atin.
-After 26 years, how have we changed? Are we zealous for good works?
– (1 Cor. 3:)
“we plant, we water, but it is God who makes us grow.”
3. GOD IN GRACE SUSTAINS US (v.13)
-This is blessed hope while we’re waiting for Jesus’ second coming. God will sustain.
-As a Christian Reformed, we celebrate the doctrine of perseverance.
-In 26 years, there are ups and downs, good and bad yet we are not perfect but it will make us complete until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev. Ruben Orteza, Jr.