Evening Celebration sermon: Our Hope: The Appearing of Jesus Christ (Titus 2, esp. Vv. 11-14)

Writing to Titus regarding the church on Crete, Paul pays careful attention the relationship between the finished work of Christ and the lifestyle of God’s people. He emphasises that church leaders should be appointed on the basis that they hold to sound doctrine and exhibit good conduct. As a result of such leadership, the church can produce changed and purified lives. We will focus on Paul’s key point that God’s grace is the source and motivation for all such good deeds, paying specific attention to Titus 2:11-14. We shall look back to what God has given us (2:11), look forward to the glory of God when Jesus returns (2:13) and consider how these perspectives will lead to transformation now, on a daily basis (2:13-14)