Insist on These Things

June 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts, False teaching, God's Love, Grace and Faith | 3 Comments

Paul told one of his younger pastor appointees to insist on certain things, “so that those who trust in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.” (Titus 3:8)  As a pastor myself, I must ask on what things Paul thinks a pastor should insist.  Here is what the previous verses say in summary form.  We were once led astray, but God saved us.  His salvation is not because of our good works, but is according to his mercy, goodness and loving kindness.  He saved us by pouring out the Holy Spirit on us to wash and to regenerate us.  He did it all through Jesus Christ.  (Notice that God and Jesus are both given the title of “Savior” in this passage)  We can be justified by his grace and become heirs of the hope of eternal life.  It doesn’t get much more basic to the Gospel than that.  In other words, what preachers are to insist on is the Gospel – the true Gospel – the God-centered Gospel: the Gospel that glorifies God and recognizes our sin; the Gospel that puts Jesus in his rightful divine place as Savior; the Gospel that focuses on God’s doing rather than ours works; the Gospel of grace.

Isn’t it interesting that what causes our hearers to devote themselves to good works is not pushing good works, but insisting on God’s grace!  If you’re a pastor, preach grace; insist on it!  If you’re a lay person, sit under a pastor who preaches grace.

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  1. “Isn’t it interesting that what causes our hearers to devote themselves to good works is not pushing good works, but insisting on God’s grace! ”

    This is true. Thank you for sharing this post.

  2. Theresa,
    Thanks again for your kind comments. Thanks also for the people you’ve linked to my site. For some reason I received three copies of this post in my spam file. That’s never happened with your feedback before, and I’m not sure why it happened now. I’ll keep an eye out in case it happens again.
    Blessings in Christ, GG

  3. For about a week now I have been told by several bloggers that my comments are going into there spam files. I tried to go to my wordpress dashboard and see if there was something I could do, but I am not skilled at the technical aspects of blogging. I know these things happen for a reason. :)


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