Godliness in Chaos

Do you ever just think that the world has gone mad?

Do you ever feel like lying and anger and brutality describes our culture more than any other words? Sometimes we find it difficult to know how to live Godly lives in the middle of such a corrupt culture. In a world of chaos and craziness, what is the church supposed to be doing? What do God’s people look like in the middle of it all?
The book of Titus was written by the Apostle Paul to a young man named Titus who was planting churches on an island called Crete. Crete was a disgusting place. Even Paul admitted that the people there were full of lies and lazy gluttons Titus was there for a reason: God loves liars and lazy gluttons! The entire book is about what the church needs to look like and how it should function in such an environment. It’s a great challenge. Titus is a manual on how to live Godly lives in the middle of chaos. The words of Paul in this book are applicable to the church in today’s world. We also live in a culture or chaos, lies, and violence. Let’s learn together what the Church of Jesus Christ looks like in the middle of all of that. Perhaps, we’ll learn to faithfully be God’s people in the midst of a crazy world!

This message is from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.

 

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You’ve got a problem.

“We are under an awesome weight of sin and a burden of guilt before God.  I desire that we come to a greater capacity to feel the weight of that burden, because we have become experts at denying it.  We dodge it so that we do not feel the burden.  Not one person in a thousand has a complete comprehension of the weightiness of this matter.”  – R.C. Sproul

Every person on this Earth has a huge problem.

That problem is sin.  Romans 3:23 makes it clear that no one is the exception to that.  Every sin ever committed is a sin against God.  One of the defining characteristics of God is His holiness.  His very nature of holiness demands that all sin be punished.  There is our problem.  We don’t have what it takes to escape that punishment.  But God has made a way and Paul explains it in these verses from Romans 3.

In today’s message, we continue on our journey through the book of Romans.


This message is from Jason Rodgers is from our Munford Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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Bad News, Good News

After the great preacher Jonathan Edwards finished a stirring sermon on the wrath and judgment of God, one of the members in the audience stood up and asked: “But Mr. Edwards…is there no mercy with God?” Edwards quickly reminded the man that he would have to wait until next week to hear that sermon. That is similar to where we are here in Romans 2.  To understand the good news, we must hear the bad news. The passage here in Romans 2:1-6, 16 deals with God’s judgement of how we live our lives and what we do with Jesus.

In today’s message, we continue on our journey through the book of Romans.


This message is from Jason Rodgers is from our Munford Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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Love Your Enemies

Jesus said a lot of things that were hard to understand.  Sometimes He even said things that seemed impossible to do.  One such example can be found in Jesus’ most famous sermon, The Sermon on the Mount.  When Jesus said, “Love your enemies”, He was dropping a bomb on what the people of the day were being taught.  In fact, the idea of loving your enemies runs counter to our very nature.  The religious leaders of the day had missed the heart of God by teaching that we were to love our neighbors only.  Jesus revealed in His statement the true heart of God…that we are to love our enemies, too.  Thankfully, he tells us how to do it, and why we are to do it!

The world that we live in today is full of hate.

It is all over the television, and all over social media.  Jesus, in Matthew chapter 5, drew a clear contrast in what the Kingdom of this world looks like and what His people ought to look like.  In fact, He called us the “light of the world.”  We are lights that shine in contrast to the darkness all around us.  Then, He said that one of the ways that we shine the brightest is when we love our enemies. 

So, how about you? 

Are you harboring hate?  Are you praying for those that may have hurt you or discouraged you? Do you do good to those that may have run over you?  It doesn’t come naturally, but its exactly what Jesus did for you.  He loved you when you were His enemy.  How about you?

“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10

 


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Does God ever give up?

Does God ever give up?

If so, then why?  The passage from Romans 1:18-32 tells us the answer and reminds us how important it is to respond properly to the truth we have been given.

In today’s message, we continue on our journey through the book of Romans.


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