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What does the Bible prescribe concerning a Christian's practice of fasting? In this sermon we unpack a Biblical theology of fasting to help us understand why and how we ought to fast today.

In Titus 2:2-10, Paul provided Titus with a practical description of what healthy doctrine should yield in the lives of those in the congregation. The first group of people he addressed are the older men, who ought to provide a visible goal of what Christian maturity is.

Christ calls his disciples to joy and to newness. Apart from these and the other marks of his call that we find in Matthew 9:9-17, we cannot be certain that it is truly the commanding call of Jesus that we have followed.

Jesus stated that his purpose for coming to earth was to call sinners. If we ask the question, "Why did Jesus come to call sinners?" then we can look to the whole of Matthew's gospel for the answer, in which he gives us 5 reasons why it is only sinners whom Jesus came to call to be his disciples.

Not only is the call of Christ to discipleship a call to conversion, it is also a call to obedience, to evangelize, and to be healed.

Jesus calls all his disciples to follow him, and his disciples will follow. But his call is not an undefined and open-ended call; Matthew 9:9-17 indicates that it is a call marked by 6 specific characteristics.

Loving

Love for others is to be a hallmark trait of Christians, and we believe that our love for others begins with our love for God himself. This is why our commitment is to prioritize knowing God in his Word so that we might fear him, love him, obey him, and love those around us as we ought.

When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, his said this:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37–40 ESV)
 

Proclaiming

The Apostle Paul specified the theme of his message in Colossians 1:28 - “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

And it is our solemn hope that we would do everything possible to make Jesus Christ known in what we teach - to children, to our community and to our congregation from the pulpit. He is the Lord of all, and must be proclaimed with priority and power. His perfection and deity, and his work on the cross and his resurrection form the realities that we seek to make known - both in our teaching and in our living.

Whether in the pulpit via expository preaching, or in a children's class with a familiar story, we seek to faithfully herald the truth of God alone.

Serving

The ultimate act of service was done for us when Jesus died in our place on the cross. And we draw strength from his grace towards us that we might demonstrate grace in service to others. This reality is perhaps nowhere better described than in 1 John 4:11 - 

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."

May our knowledge of God and our desire to exalt Christ lead us to serve others through the power of the Spirit.