Nov 1, 2015
Authority, Civility, & Consistency
Series: Titus
Authority is a word that evokes all sorts of emotion in contemporary Americans. We undoubtedly have a strong aversion to the general idea of authority over us, yet we live with the constant reality of it. Christians have an even more complicated relationship to this concept, for Christians maintain a citizenship to another world as they pass through this one. All of this is enough to create the most complicated problems for someone attempting to understand his or her responsibility to relate to authority. This passage says much about authority, and there is much for us to learn about our relationship to authorities – both in the Church and in the world. Let’s trust God’s wisdom over our own, and hear what He would say to us about our obligations and privileges today.
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  • Nov 1, 2015Authority, Civility, & Consistency
    Nov 1, 2015
    Authority, Civility, & Consistency
    Series: Titus
    Authority is a word that evokes all sorts of emotion in contemporary Americans. We undoubtedly have a strong aversion to the general idea of authority over us, yet we live with the constant reality of it. Christians have an even more complicated relationship to this concept, for Christians maintain a citizenship to another world as they pass through this one. All of this is enough to create the most complicated problems for someone attempting to understand his or her responsibility to relate to authority. This passage says much about authority, and there is much for us to learn about our relationship to authorities – both in the Church and in the world. Let’s trust God’s wisdom over our own, and hear what He would say to us about our obligations and privileges today.
  • Oct 25, 2015The Appearance of Grace and Glory: Motive for Godly Living
    Oct 25, 2015
    The Appearance of Grace and Glory: Motive for Godly Living
    Series: Titus
    The appearing of Christ’s grace and glory are both quite underrated in many circles today. Often, those who are expected to think most of Christ’s gracious appearing actually consider it only rarely. Even more astounding is the reality that Christ’s glory is routinely overlooked. So many Christians are fixated upon the here and now, and they have embraced John Bunyan’s “Vanity Fair” instead of being repulsed by it. It seems that regularly remembering the appearing of Christ’s grace and consistently awaiting the appearing of Christ’s glory will radically affect the day-to-day living of many Christians. This passage is loaded with doctrine and surprisingly practical for Christian living.    
  • Oct 19, 2015Decorating The Gospel With Our Lives
    Oct 19, 2015
    Decorating The Gospel With Our Lives
    Series: Titus
    Once again, Paul’s letter to Titus proves to be keenly relevant to our American culture today, even though we are separated by centuries. Here we are forced to recon with a Gospel that demands and changes our lives. We are invited to give ourselves as a decorating gift to the One who has given so much to us. Christians are able to live free from the condemnation that inevitably comes from sinful disobedience, and Christians are able to call attention to the person and work of Christ. The genuine goodness of their magnetically ordinary lives should decorate the message of grace they proclaim.
  • Oct 18, 2015Discipling Disciples
    Oct 18, 2015
    Discipling Disciples
    It is not uncommon for Americans, particularly in the South, to attend church on many Sundays each year with little to no effect in their daily lives. With some regularity, surveys and studies demonstrate no meaningful difference between the moral values and integrity of those who profess to be Christians and those who do not. From marriage to child-rearing, financial goals to political interests, it is much more likely that one’s age will have more influence upon one’s practice than one’s church attendance. Does this mean that church participation is meaningless? Is there any other reason to attend a regular church service besides ‘getting a good feeling?’ This passage confronts these questions and more with striking candor.
  • Oct 4, 2015Pure Hearts Produce Pure Lives
    Oct 4, 2015
    Pure Hearts Produce Pure Lives
    Throughout human history there appear to be two opposing sides that have welcomed the swinging pendulum of perceived human virtue in the presence of God. On the one side, there have been those who have argued for a strict and rigid asceticism in order to please God. They seem to believe that the only way a sinful man can be made right before God is through much effort and self-sacrifice. On the other side, there have been those who have argued either that God is indulgent or that He is impotent. This group seems to believe that God will not or cannot punish disobedient sinners. Biblical Christianity stops the pendulum and claims that both sides have been partially right and partially wrong. This message seeks to explain what the Bible actually says about right standing and right living.
  • Sep 27, 2015Beware The Empty Talkers
    Sep 27, 2015
    Beware The Empty Talkers
    Series: Titus
    Tolerance is a forceful buzzword in American culture today. The contemporary concept carries much more baggage than the word itself intends. Tolerance, in our culture, signifies much more than simply patience or charity. It is expected in our culture that no one is actually wrong in what they believe or teach, except of course those who believe or teach that anyone is actually wrong about anything. The Bible does not acquiesce to our foolish modern notion of tolerance. God’s Word presents truth claims that necessarily render competing claims as false and wrong. Christians must recognize the danger of error, and we must learn to silence the error among us in order to engage the world around us with truth and love.  
  • Sep 20, 2015Qualified Elders Are Models For Us All
    Sep 20, 2015
    Qualified Elders Are Models For Us All
    Series: Titus

    Elders or Pastors among any congregation are vital. Not only are these men necessary, they must necessarily be godly, capable, and committed men. Lowering the standard for Elders or Pastors only does damage over time. There are seemingly unlimited stories of heartbreak and pain due to the antics of men who wore the title without meeting the qualifications. God raises godly men to serve as elders/pastors, and these men are meant to (among other things) provide an example and encouragement to those in His care. The Gospel is true! Grace abounds, God renews, and He is good.

  • Aug 23, 2015We Are Prayerful
    Aug 23, 2015
    We Are Prayerful
    Prayer is one of those subjects that most everyone thinks they understand with perfect clarity and yet practice with least consistency or confidence. In fact, prayer may suffer supremely above all other topics from both assumption and confusion. The Bible says so much about prayer; it provides examples and even teaching regarding the subject. However, prayer is likely something that most Christians struggle to practice well. Jesus provides some simple and profound helps for all Christians to be the kind of participants in prayer that God has both instructed and qualified them to be.
  • Aug 16, 2015Baptism & Communion
    Aug 16, 2015
    Baptism & Communion
    Water Baptism and Communion (or Lord’s Supper) are both basic ordinances of any biblical church. While both of these are fundamental to biblical Christianity, it may be easily recognized that much confusion exists in the mind of churchgoers about them. Who is to be baptized? When should a person be baptized? Why should a person be baptized? These questions will garner a range of answers from the average Southern Baptist congregation. These same questions asked of Communion may provide no clearer or unified answers. Because FBC Diana is a Southern Baptist Church, and because these issues are important to the life and ministry of any biblical church, we are taking time to explain the biblical answers to questions like these.
  • Aug 2, 2015Gospel-Centered Multiplication
    Aug 2, 2015
    Gospel-Centered Multiplication
    The Christian Church in America has become quite lazy when it comes to evangelism. Very few professing Christians ever share the Gospel with another person in hopes that they too would believe and be saved. This humiliating, heartbreaking, and infuriating reality is amplified when one considers the additional neglect of discipleship among professing Christians. Many claim to have love for Christ and love for others, but simply reject Christ’s commission to all who would claim love for Him. Evangelism and Discipleship are not optional for the genuine believer, and Christians may participate individually and corporately. Gospel-centered Multiplication is the philosophy and practice of these among the congregation of FBC Diana.