5.30.10 sermons

June 6, 2010

Addressing Apparent Universalism (Rm 5:18)

Rm 5.18 can be construed as support for the idea of universalism. In fact, unbelieving ‘scholars’ have used it as such. In this message, we show how such a view contradicts the message of the Bible and the message of Paul in Romans, as seen in the immediate context. A universalistic world would be a world that knows no bounds or restraints, not even the disapproval of men. And we address a problem of ‘practical universalism’, where professing Christians attempt to maintain their Christian assurance but live lives as if God is unconcerned about restraining their lifestyle in any way.

Defining Worldly Passions (Titus 2:12, 1 Jn 2:15-17)

In this lesson we come to some conclusions about the worldly lusts mentioned in Titus 2.12, and turn to 1 Jn 2.15-17 for a further definition and understanding of the term. These desires are the underlying motives of ungodliness and are opposed to a life lived soberly, righteously, and godly which grace instructs us to live.

A Good Desire for a Good Work (1 Tim 3:1)

In this message we look at the desire for the office of ‘bishop’ or ‘overseer’ in a local church. The apostle commends the work as good and speaks of that desire that moves a man to stretch himself out to grasp the office as a worthy desire in the assembly.

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