Christmas 2017

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  • According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word, Advent, is defined as “Coming into being”
    • For Christians, it is the period of time before Christmas when we anticipate the commemoration of the birth of Jesus
    • According the real definition of the word, it not only describes the time before Jesus was born some 2,000 years ago, but it also describes the days we are living in today

Titus 2:11-15 – For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works. Say these things, and encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

The book of Titus was humanly authored by the Apostle Paul to a Pastor – The Epistle to Titus is known as one of the Pastoral Epistles as are the two letters to Timothy. This epistle was written by the apostle Paul to encourage his brother in the faith, Titus, whom he had left in Crete to lead the church which Paul had established on one of his missionary journeys. This letter advises Titus regarding what qualifications to look for in leaders for the church. He also warns Titus of the reputations of those living on the island of Crete.

  • Paul’s letter to Titus speaks about two “appearings.”
    • The first appearing is God’s “grace” that was, and is, given to mankind through the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, bringing salvation to mankind as well as the gift of the Holy Spirit who makes us to be disciples
    • The second is found in this passage and is described as our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ
      • We are living in a time of “advent” (coming into being) for Jesus to return, which is our “blessed hope”. He is not only our Savior, but also our “great God”

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