Christ Have Mercy

April 16, 2017

Sermon Notes

Christ Have Mercy (Titus 3:1-8) – We will never do enough good works to earn God’s favor.  Our only hope for salvation is if Christ shows us mercy.

Objection #1: I’ve Been Hurt by the Church (Titus 3:1-2)

  • The local church should be a force for good within the community.
  •  We should make it difficult for others to hate the message because they love the messengers.

Objection #2: I’m Annoyed by Holier-Than-Thou Christians (Titus 3:3)

  • We should be kind to sinners like “them” because God was kind to sinners like “us.”
  • The worst kind of Christian is the one who has forgotten what he or she was like before Christ.

Objection #3: I’m a Good Enough Person (Titus 3:4-5)

  • I will never muster up enough good works to impress God.
  • Even our purest actions come from the impurest of motives.

Objection #4: I’m Not Sure God Could Love Me (Titus 3:4-5)

  • If you have ever wondered if God loved you, you need not look any further than the cross.
  • Not only does Christ offer mercy for the sinner’s condition, he provides mercy by taking the sinner’s place.

Objection #5: I’ve Never Seen a Change in Me (Titus 3:5-8)

  • Righteousness is always the fruit and never the root.
  • Jesus offers a new life (regeneration) and a new way of life (renewal).