A Renewed Focus in a New Year
Living a Life Devoted to what is Good
Titus 2:11-15; 3:1-8
#1 – Living as Children of Light
#2 – A Recipe for Living an Effective and Productive Life for God
#3 – Living a Life Devoted to what is Good
– After WWI, officials of the Allied countries found that the bodies of many soldiers killed in battle could not be identified. The governments of Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, and the United States decided to honor the memory of these soldiers in some special way. Each government chose a symbolic unknown soldier, buried the remains near the national capital, and built a monument in honor of the soldier.
The unknown soldier of the United States was one of four dead taken from American cemeteries in France. An American soldier, Sergeant Edward Younger, selected the soldier from these four. On Armistice Day (Nov. 11), 1921, they were buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. The tomb, completed in 1931, has a white marble sarcophagus (a stone coffin) over the grave bearing the inscription, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.” Later one unknown soldier from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were buried there. An honor guard from the Honor Guard Company of the 1st Battalion Group, 3rd Infantry, Fort Myer, Va., keeps a sentry on duty at the tomb at all times. The sentry is changed every hour during the day between October 1 and March 1, and every half hour between April 1 and September 30. The sentry is changed every two hours at night.
During one of the hurricanes that occurred during the last three years the storm came through the area where the tomb of the unknown soldier stands. The guards were warned of the devastation of the impending storm. The guards refused to leave their posts, and they endured the hurricane still completing their customary march and changing of the guard. The soldiers would not leave their post because the men that this tomb symbolizes did not leave theirs. Those men fought and died to ensure the freedom of the people of the United States of America. These men that guard the tomb of the unknown soldier are thankful and they live a life devoted to what is good.
– Born-again Christians have been saved by God’s grace, and should be thankful, living a life devoted to what is good.
I) The transformational power of (2:11-15)
A) God’s grace (11-12)
1) It has appeared, bringing salvation to all men (11)
2) This grace instructs/trains us (12)
a) To deny ungodliness and worldly desires (12a)
b) To live sensibly, righteously, godly in the present age (12b)
B) The return of Christ (13-14)
1) We should be looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior (13)
2) He gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed (14)
a) To purify for Himself a people for His own possession (peculiar people), zealous for good deeds
C) Truth (15)
1) Speak these things, exhort, reprove with all authority
a) Don’t let anyone ignore you
II) The cost of godly living (3:1-2)
A) Obey the government (1)
1) Willingly submit to rulers, authorities
a) Be obedient, ready for every good deed
B) Be selfless (2)
1) Malign no one, be peaceful, gentle, showing consideration for all men
III) The calling of God (3:3-8)
A) Our life B.C. (3)
1) We were: foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another
B) Our life after Christ (4-7)
1) The kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared (4)
2) He saved us by His mercy (5)
a) Not on the basis of righteous deeds
b) By the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit
3) He poured the Holy Spirit out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior (6)
4) He justified us by His grace – making us heirs according to the hope of eternal life (7)
C) Things that are good and profitable (8)
1) Verses 4-7 make a trustworthy statement (8a)
2) Speak confidently/openly/boldly about these things (8b)
3) So that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds (8c)
4) These things are good and profitable for men (8d) – cf. v. 14
Conclusion: A Renewed Focus in a New Year – Living a Life Devoted to what is Good
I) The transformational power of
A) God’s grace
B) The return of Christ
II) The cost of godly living
A) Obey the government
B) Be selfless
III) The calling of God
A) Our life B.C.
B) Our life after Christ
C) Things that are good and profitable
– The guards that take their post at the tomb of the unknown soldier day after day stand there for one very important reason. The guards know that they are living free today because of the men that tomb symbolizes. They are devoted to what is good.
– Born-again Christians are to live their lives zealous to do good deeds for God for one very important reason. We are free today because of Jesus Christ paying our debt to God. We should be devoted to what is good.