by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: The Development of Godliness
Series: Cheerful Godliness
Stuart Briscoe
Titus 2:11-14

The "twin towers" of salvation history of which Paul wrote are "The Epiphany of Grace" (v. 11) and "The Epiphany of Glory" (v. 13). In between these monumental events we are called "to say 'No' to ungodliness" and to nurture "godly lives in this present age" (v. 12).

I. The Epiphany of Grace. vv. 11-14

A. The dramatic dimension of the Epiphany.
1. An "epiphany": a dramatic happening; unmistakable; unforgettable.

2. An "epiphany of grace": an intervention based on divine goodness.
a. A divine attitude that reaches out to a lost humanity.

b. A divine principle that "brings salvation to all men."

c. A description of the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

B. The dynamic dimension of the Epiphany.
1. He gave Himself to "redeem us from all wickedness." v. 14

2. He gave Himself to "purify" us.
a. Initial cleansing.

b. Continual cleansing.


Part 4: The Disciplines of Godliness
Series: Cheerful Godliness
Stuart Briscoe
1 Timothy 4:1-16

Paul understood the importance of athletics in the lives of his contemporaries. Accordingly, he found it helpful to use athletic terms to define and contrast the difference between "physical training" and the need for believers to "train (themselves) in godliness."

I. Ascetic Discipline Which Contradicts the Gospel. vv. 1-4

A. The emphasis of the ascetics.
1. All matter, including the human body, is evil.

2. Spirituality, therefore, requires the subjugation of the body.

3. This includes abstinence from marriage and sexual activity.

4. It also includes a strict vegetarian diet. See Romans 14:1ff

5. Ascetic discipline believed to be the pathway to salvation.

B. The errors of the ascetics.
1. They had abandoned the faith and given in to demonic influences.

2. They knew better but persisted in their hypocritical teaching.
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