by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Priority of Godliness
Series: Cheerful Godliness
Stuart Briscoe
1 Timothy 2:1-7

On September 11, 2001, the world changed, but many things stayed the same. We were suddenly, cruelly, and viciously confronted with old realities in a fresh light. Realities such as: this is a dangerous world, evil is present with us, death is inevitable, life is fragile, people have spiritual instincts, and God is still God. But what do we do with these insights now seen in sharper focus? We must carry on and live as we ought.

I. We Must See Prayer As a Priority: "First of All."

A. Requests: Gk. "deesis"-desires brought forth by a deep sense of need.

B. Prayers: Gk. "proseuche"-an approach to God who alone can answer.

C. Intercession: Gk. "enteuxis"-enter into intimate conversation with a king.

D. Thanksgiving: Gk. "eucharistia"-bring needs as a right; bring thanksgiving as a duty.

II. We Must Examine Our Views of Humanity: "Everyone."

A. God wants all people to be saved. v. 4

B. Christ gave Himself as a ransom for all people. v. 6

C. Prayer should know no boundaries.


Part 2: The Basis of Godliness
Series: Cheerful Godliness
Stuart Briscoe
2 Peter 1:1-4; Titus 1:1-4

In these days of international and national uncertainty, people are praying earnestly for those who hold positions of power and responsibility in order that we might "live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." But what is godliness and what does it look like?

I. Godliness Is Based on Knowledge of the Truth. Titus 1:1

A. God does not lie; that's the truth!!

B. God who does not lie made promises "before the beginning of time."

C. These promises have now been made public through apostolic preaching.

D. They reveal the truth about eternal life and the "hope" it creates.
1. Eternal life as a present possession. 1 John 5:11-13

2. Eternal life as the ultimate condition. John 5:24

D. Knowledge of this truth needs to be embraced by faith.

E. This knowledge and faith lead to moral consequences: a life of godliness.

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