In this sermon, Pastor Geoff exposits word-by-word the text of Titus 1.8 -- the above reproach elder must meet the following qualifications.
We've seen that he must be ABOVE REPROACH in his HOME (marriage/purity and in his parenting/home life). And now he must be ABOVE REPROACH in his HEART (v.7 was the sins to avoid) and now in v.8 we see the virtues that he must possess.
2. loving what is good
6. self controlled
Listen as Pastor Geoff expounds each of these and pleads for God to raise up men of God in local churches who meet these requirements.
"Your Breathtaking Wonder! Accepted in the Beloved!"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches on being 'accepted in the Beloved.' How can God accept sinners? How can we come to God? What must be done? What does it mean for God to freely give His grace and make us 'accepted' in the Beloved?
Pastor Geoff preaches a podcast on what "effective preaching is." We go for change in our preaching. What does God use the preaching to do? What changes?
Shemaiah the prophet said: “Thus says the LORD…” (2 Chron 12.5)
Jeremiah the prophet “spoke for the LORD (2 Chron 36:12)
We make it our commitment to preach for change...
Preaching that changes souls
Preaching that changes lives
Preaching that changes marriages
Preaching that changes churches
Preaching that changes evangelism
Preaching that changes societies
"A Pastor/Elder Must Be Above Reproach in His HEART: Sins to Avoid!"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches that every pastor/elder must be ABOVE REPROACH in the heart. Titus 1:7 deals with the SIN-VICES that the man of God MUST avoid. These must *not* describe the man of God who serves in ministry.
Pastor Geoff walks through Revelation 20 and the surrounding context to show why Revelation 20:1-6 must be interpreted normally as a literal kingdom where Christ will reign for one thousand years.
"Every Pastor/Elder Must Be Above Reproach in the Home (Marriage/Parenting)"
Here Pastor Geoff Gives Some Helps for the Lonely: -- from Psalm 36
Nothing in this world will ever lastingly satisfy or cure your loneliness. (1, 4)
God dwells in interpersonal relationship of happy joy in the Triune Godhead. (5, 6-7, 9)
God created man with deep fellowship with Him and with others. (10)
Saints must live by faith & actively trust in the abiding & satisfying love of God. (7-9)
"Biblical Counseling 5 (Women): Sufferology: Suffering to the Glory of God"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through Ephesians & comes eyeball to eyeball with the glorious doctrine of ELECTION -- God, from all eternity past, freely chooses all those who will be IN CHRIST forevermore.
This sermon provides 6 benefits of election -- some glorious realities and biblical definitions of WHAT election is.
"Depression: Battling the Dark Night of the Soul Biblically"
Pastor Geoff teaches the CFBC men on the "future salvation & restoration of the Jewish people" -- from Romans 11:25-26, Zechariah 8, 12-13 and 14. He also looks at Ezekiel and Jeremiah also.
"Learn from Titus: O God: Give Us Manly & Holy Men of Integrity!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on th attribute of God that He is infinitely joyful in Himself -- within this Triune God He is perfectly satisfied and everlastingly happy. He calls us to find our joy -- our ultimate joy and happiness -- in Him!
Evangelism IS effective & it is WORTHWHILE and it is worth your time, sacrifice, comfort, energy and resources….
Ezekiel: Then you will know that I am the LORD (judgment Ezek 35 and hope Ezek 36)
**EVANGELISM DOES GLORIFY GOD…
as it FAITHFULLY DECLARES THE BIBLICAL GOSPEL.
as it WATERS THE SEED OF THE GOSPEL IN HEARTS OF GOD’S ELECT
as it BRINGS GOD’S ELECT TO SALVATION AS GOD REGENERATES & THEY REPENT & BELIEVE
as it HARDENS THE REPROBATE AND INCREASES THEIR SIN & CONDEMNATION
as it PROCLAIMS THE ‘NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES’ PUBLICLY
as it OBEYS THE CLEAR COMMAND TO ‘GO AND PROCLAIM REPENTANCE’ (Luke 24)