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When we try to look like Christ in our response, we benefit the unity of the body of Christ.______________________________________________________________________________Title of Sermon:Live a Godly Lifestyle (Titus 2:1-10)Main Idea of the Sermon:The Bible calls all believers to live righteously, regardless of age or station. Introduction Theme:We live in a generation when right is called wrong and wrong is called right. The church must stand on the authority of God’s Holy Scripture to be set apart from the world. We should not look the same as the world, but instead we ought to look like Christ to the world.Interrogative:What does it look like to live a Godly lifestyle in the 21stcentury?Transition Sentence- that emphasizes the MIS:In the text we are given three examples of believers who are called to live righteously. First Sermon Division that reiterates the MIS:Live righteously as an older man or woman. (v.1-3)Illustration:John Piper wrote a book entitled Don’t Waste Your Lifein which he cites a reader’s digest article about a couple who retired early. The article states “Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells.” Piper notes the great tragedy and waste of these great years of ministry…Transition Sentence:our calling to ministry and righteousness does not have a cutoff age, nor does it have a start “age”.4
Second Sermon Division that reiterates the MIS:Live righteously as a younger man or woman. (v. 4-8)Illustration:When I was in middle school I had a classmate whose dad was a Baptist preacher. The classmate cursed and talked constantly about inappropriate behavior he had participated in. Iwas a relatively new believer but couldn’t understand how this person, who claimed to be a Christian, showed no fruit of a redeemed person…Transition Sentence:We are called to live righteously when we receive Christ into our heart.Third Sermon Division: Live righteously where God has called you. (v. 9-10)Illustration:In the book of James, the author (James) greets his audience who are in the dispersion. These are people who are fleeing for their lives because of their faith. Their season was being hated and persecuted, yet James tells them to “count it joy”…Conclusion Theme:We are called to live righteously as believers. Paul does not add any caveatsto righteous living, nor does Christ when he tells us, “be holy because I am holy.” Our righteousness should result from the redemption we have already received and as a sign of the hope we have in eternity with Jesus.______________________________________________________________________________Title of Sermon:Be a Godly Church (Titus 3:1-11)Main Idea of the Sermon:Christians have received new life in Christ. Their lives ought to look different than the rest of the world’s. Therefore, the church ought to look different than the world.