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SERMON: “Encouraging Slaves” (Titus 2:9–10)

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“ Encouraging Slaves” ( Titus 2:9–10) Series:               “Titus: Godly People, Godly Church,” #11       Text:                 Titus 2:9–10 By:                    Shaun Marksbury                                     Date:                July 14, 2024 Venue:              Living Water Baptist Church                         Occasion:             PM Service   I.               Introduction We reach a word in our text that give many people pause.   In fact, some translations prefer “servants” or “bondservants” here, which is helpful in our American conscience.   Yet, the word is doulos, and it literally means “slaves.”   Now, it has nothing to do with the British-American slave-trade, which the Bible condemns.   That’s important to keep in mind in our cultural conversations.   To attack your faith, some will use the fact that the Bible seemingly condoned the race-based, dehumanizing slavery we’ve seen in American history.   Nothing can be further from the truth.

SERMON: "True and False Branches” (John 15:1–6)

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“ True and False Branches” ( John 15:1–6) Series:               “John: Life in Christ’s Name”           Text:                 John 15:1–6 By:                    Shaun Marksbury                         Date:                July 14, 2024 Venue:              Living Water Baptist Church             Occasion:             AM Service   I.               Introduction This week, a friend was reminding me of a story that happened in his church.   They were a church moving from deacon-led model to a more biblical church government with elders.   And the senior pastor thought he had found the perfect lay person to be the church’s first elder.   This person had made a credible profession of faith, was married with children, was already serving in ministry at the church, and was well-liked.   Everyone agreed with the pastor that this was the perfect candidate for eldership. However, as this man began the ordination process, some switch flipped in this man’s mind.   He had ca