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Cheerful Godliness

Stuart Briscoe

In the face of almost every world crisis—terrorism, tsunamis, earthquakes, war—we’re reminded how fragile life is. There’s a renewed focus on faith and prayer, but when the shock wears off, it seems the zeal for godliness does, too. Part of it is we don’t like to be dependent on anything or told what to do. But the other part may be that even believers see a holy life as boring, restrictive, or better left to pastors and those who have an “in” with God.

If that is what you believe, you’re missing out! There’s great freedom and joy in living your life in the fullness of what God created you to be.

So what does godliness really mean, why do we shy away from the topic, and how can embracing godly living actually free us to be more than we believed we could be? Listen to this series as Stuart explores all of these questions and teaches how godliness is not simply a theological discussion—it’s a personal relationship between you and your Savior.

Messages From This Series:

On September 11, 2001 the world changed but many things stayed the same. We were suddenly, cruelly and viciously, confronted with old realities in a fresh light. Realities such as—this is a dangerous world, evil is present with us, death is inevitable, life is fragile, people have spiritual instincts and God is still God. But what do we do with these insights now seen in sharper focus? We must carry on and live as we ought.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-2:7

In these days of international and national uncertainty, people are praying earnestly for those who hold positions of power and responsibility in order that we might "live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." But what is godliness and what does it look like?

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-1:11, Titus 1:1-1:4

The "towers" of salvation history of which Paul wrote are "The Epiphany of Grace" (v.11) and "The Epiphany of Glory." (v.13) In between these monumental events we are called "to say 'No' to ungodliness" and to nurture "godly lives in this present age." (v.12)

Scripture: Titus 2:11-2:14

Paul understood the importance of athletics in the lives of his contemporaries. Accordingly, he found it helpful to use athletic terms to define and contrast the difference between "physical training" and the need for believers to "train (themselves) in godliness."

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1-4:16

The heretical teachers were apparently extorting exorbitant amounts of money from the church using godliness as a means to financial gain. Paul repudiated their activities but used the opportunity to show the great gain of "godliness with contentment."

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:3-6:10

Contemporary songs have a brief life. Traditional songs last a little longer. But today's Scripture reading includes a fragment of a Christian hymn 2,000 years old. That alone makes it worthy of consideration. It's about Christmas and "the mystery of godliness."

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:14-3:16

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