LIFE as GOD INTENDED it to BE (Session 1: God's Recovery Program)


Christ’s church was born into a sin-warped, sin-darkened world of mixed-up marriages, sin-scarred lives, and confused families. But men and women who were gloriously saved did not automatically become great wives and mothers, or husbands and fathers. When they came to Christ and were forgiven, God graciously gave them everything they needed to become godly wives, mothers, husbands, and fathers. But, they needed something else.
These new believers needed coaching, training, modeling, and encouraging in a one-on-one relationship. Godly behavior is a series of choices; and those men and women had to be nurtured in daily skills that would lead to loving marriages and families.

Christ’s method for the training of these new converts was two-fold. They gathered for a group session as an entire church body. The Scriptures were faithfully taught, and they were fed healthy doctrine for spiritual growth. That group teaching of the gathered church was vitally performed by the called and gifted pastors of Christ’s church; but side-by-side with that didactic teaching of God’s Word that fed Christ’s flock weekly, was another equally vital ministry which we find captured for us in Titus 2.

Christ’s Church Used Coaches in Godly Living

Christ’s church grew strong in those early years because everyone in His church knew what they were each supposed to be doing. Each man knew how a godly man was to live his daily life (Titus 2:1-2, 6-8); and each woman knew how a godly woman was to live her daily life (Titus 2:3-5).

Christ’s church grew into the potent force for changing the world in the quiet nurturing sessions that Titus 2 men and women performed in practical discipleship. Just as important as the preaching and teaching of the doctrines of God’s Word was the modeling and nurturing of individual saints through practical hands-on lessons in godly living.

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13 Comments

  1. Nicole Butler says:

    Thank you for preaching God's truth. It's a great reminder to me. The world and even many affluent Christians look down their noses at me for being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. I am so grateful for following what God has placed on my heart in stead of what the world calls success.

  2. Michael Martinez says:

    Headset makes a huge difference, just put them on and the audio is much clearer….just fyi

  3. Michael Martinez says:

    unfortunately the audio on this makes it very hard to understand what he is saying

  4. 46 58 says:

    Such a shame, teaching was good but audio bad.

  5. krackerToo says:

    LIAR LIAR!!!! Do please KEEP Yahweh's 4th commandment…->>

    1 John 2 King James Version (KJV)–>> 2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

    2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the Whole World.

    3 And hereby we do know that we know him, "IF we keep his commandments.
    "

    4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth NOT (Kent Hogvine) his commandments, is a LIAR..!!!, and the TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM.
    Not in who? KH

    5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

    6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

    7 Brethren, I write NO new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had From the Beginning. The old commandment is the word which (ye have heard from the beginning.)

  6. Andrew Lightbody says:

    Great sermon. I needed to hear it

  7. DaringDoorKnob says:

    I always enjoy your lessons. Thank you.

  8. Past or Present says:

    You really need to work on your audio – It's echoing and unintelligible

  9. Tamara Heater says:

    awful audio

  10. Jerret Zwicker says:

    I'm recently divorced and this sermon very much hits home with me. I do wish these lessons had been taught to me when I was much younger. Thank you and God Bless.

  11. Ron Tucker says:

    Truth in this lost and dying world. I am grateful for your presentation of the word.

  12. Jessie Lee says:

    The acoustics make this difficult to listen to.

  13. Rhonda L says:

    Thank you❤❤