Mmmm Aussie home-made Apple & Apricot Pie Mmmm
In Australia, we have the freshest fruit to make awesome food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College last semester, I ate big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.
We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared,
5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
How can you live the good life as the New Year begins?
Will you live longer and be healthy, wealthy and wise?
There is a common misconception that you have to be “good” to get into heaven.
Some falsely believe that you “earn” your way by performing good deeds.
The Bible passage above reminds us that God saves us because of his mercy.
God does not save us because of the righteous things we have done.
Paul wrote this letter to Titus who was leading a church in Crete.
Paul reminded Titus of what Christians were like before they were saved.
We lived foolish and disobedient lives.
- Some of us were even criminals and thieves.
We were deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.
- Some of us were sexually immoral and slaves to alcohol, gambling and drugs.
We were malicious, envious and hated everyone around us.
- Some of us were murderers.
No amount of good deeds can cancel out our former lives.
God cannot let our former lives go unpunished.
God punished his son Jesus for the sins of the whole world.
We were once enemies of God facing death and judgement.
God showed us kindness and love by sending Jesus into the world.
Jesus died on a cross and took the punishment that we deserved.
This is called “grace” – a gift that we don’t deserve.
God generously gives eternal life to all who trust in Jesus.
As you reflect on the previous year, how will you pay for all your mistakes?
As you start a new year, will you find freedom from death and live forever?
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