Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from Titus 1:6-16 and Titus 2:1-6 The title of this sermon is: Rooted and Grounded – Sound in the faith. This is week 10 in our Doctrine and Devotion series.
Last week, we saw that God is not pleased with a Christian who is just passive and lazy. Sanctification is a progressive work that involves both God and man. God will work in and through us but we have to trust him and depend on him. However, that is not enough. He expects that we will walk in obedience to his commands. Trust and obey.
We are going to piggyback on last week’s sermon on sanctification. If you have not seen it, I encourage you to do so.
We have to understand sanctification to understand the importance of being sound in the faith. I believe that most Christians are fine with trusting or being dependent on God and then they settle for mediocrity in obeying God. They want to pick and choose in what areas of their lives they are obedient and think that God might just forgive them for overlooking the rest.
Being sound in the faith means that we live a life that accords with sound doctrine.
Sound, or “healthy,” doctrine provides a pattern that, when followed, promotes healthy faith and love. Sound doctrine is a valuable heritage that is to be treasured in this generation and faithfully transmitted to the next.
Holy Scripture is the source and norm of sound doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; see Mark 7:7–8). Doctrine is drawn from Holy Scripture as from a fountain. Doctrine is measured by Holy Scripture as by a rule. Furthermore, doctrine leads us back to Scripture by equipping us to become better readers. Indeed, those “untaught” in sound doctrine are most prone to twisting the Scriptures “to their own destruction” (2 peter 3:16).
As the title of our series suggests, the more we learn from sound doctrine, the more we fall in love with God and become devoted to God.
Sound doctrine is not just for pastors, authors, professors, or authors. It is for every Christian so that they can be like the tree in Psalm 1.
Colossians 2:6-7 – Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Why do we strive for excellence in other areas of our lives but we settle for mediocrity in our spiritual growth?
You can’t be mediocre in your obedience to God and then say, “It is well with my soul.”
I implore you to not let this be so in your lives.
We need broken hearts for lost people.
We need men who listen and talk with their pastor, and are willing to learn and read so they can disciple their wives and children and disciple younger men out of their love for their wives and kids and these younger men because they are rooted and grounded in love.
We need women who will pour into the next generation of women.
Rooted and Grounded in love is not negligent. It is not passive. It is not lazy.
Rooted and Grounded in love is Lionhearted:
- Tough and Gentle
My prayer for you is that you cling to the Holy Scriptures and that you are rooted and grounded in them. Lay your foundation on the solid Word of God and let your life be fruitful.