I wrote the little booklet Ten Specific Steps You Can Take to Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better a while back to help preachers (like me) not continue to make the same mistakes we often make. This is available on Amazon and is guaranteed to improve your preaching or I will preach your next sermon for you (just kidding).
In these posts I want to give away some of my favorite sermon outlines — with just a dose of explanation along the way. So, let’s continue with a sermon I wrote on God’s amazing grace.
What’s So Amazing about Grace?
(a study of Titus 2:11-15).
We’ve seen that —
I. God’s Grace Is a Salvation-Bringing Grace (v. 11)
Let’s notice secondly that —
II. God’s Grace is a Teaching Grace (v. 12)
I never thought I’d be a teacher, but the Lord had other plans. I could have been a much better student in high school than I was, but, by His grace, I’ve served for a bunch of years teaching undergrad and seminary students the Word of God.
We all need to be taught. And, thank God, His grace is a teaching grace! Verse 12 tells us that this grace “teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Please notice that there is both a negative as well as a positive side to God’s teaching grace. We need to deny ungodliness and worldly passions. The world sees Christians as being primarily negative, don’t you think?
But we also need to be taught the positives of living a yes-kind of life! That affirmation lifestyle focuses on self-control, uprightness, and godliness, which the world desperately needs to see lived out!
Notice also that this kind of affirmative living is to take place, not in heaven, but “in this present age.” The expression is really “in the now world.” Right now. Where you live. Right now you and I are to be living out the grace of God in positive, attractive ways.
Are you letting the grace of God teach you?