A.Good afternoon, open your Bible which I know you brought with you to Titus the second chapter.
1.Today we are going to examine verses 1-14, so let us read this section together and see what God’s Word says.
2.Up to this point Paul has talked to Titus about the appointment of elders in every city and what the qualifications of these elders are
3.He has told us about rebellious men who are seeking to divert the Christians from the truth and how Titus is to reprove them.
4.Here in chapter two Paul is going to discuss how a Christian should act and be in their life here on earth.
B.This is important don’t you think?
How we live is a reflection upon what we believe.
If we are Christians then our life should reflect Christ.
C.Here in verse 1 Paul writes to Titus, “But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine”
1.This is in opposite of how the rebellious men in the previous section spoke.
They were distorting the Word of God.
2.Now Titus has been speaking the truth of the gospel, this verse is merely transferring us from one thought to another by Paul.
3.What is happening is that the Cretans have been living a life in the world for so long they are having a hard time understanding how they need to act.
4.So Titus needs to always be aware of what it is he is saying.
a)For there are those men who are rebellious who want to bring the Cretans away from the truth.
b)If Titus is speaking in a manner that is not in accordance with the gospel then they will have an excuse to attack his reputation.
5.So when Titus is speaking to the people of Crete he needs to do so in a way that is fitting, that is he needs to be proper about it, not to say something that the gospel does not say the gospel is that sound doctrine here
a)Guy is always telling me that I need to do this, that when I preach I need to expose the text.
b)I am working on this and with Guys help I will get better.
D.Now we can speak things in our life in many ways and the two most prevalent ways is by literally speaking and by our actions.
1.Titus is to speak to the Cretans in both ways as well and here in our lesson today we are going to see some of the things Paul wants Titus to speak
2.We are going to breakup verses 2 thru 14 into two sections for study
a)First that we are to live in a way that is proper to the grace we have received.
This is going to cover verses 2-10 where Paul is talking about certain groups of Christians.
b)The grace received is found in verse 11 where Paul concludes his thought on this with what will be our second point where Paul tells us why we are to live this way.
3.So let us start up here at verses 2-9 with point one.
!!! *I.Live in a way that is proper to the grace we have received*
A.Here in theses verses Paul is going to discuss 5 groups of which we all will fall into one of and it won’t be until the next point that Paul will discuss why we are to live this way, it is that grace we have received.
1.The first group is that of older men
a)Now I have done some extensive research here and I have found that “older men” are anyone who is older then I, so I am excluded from this group.
b)Older men are just that, aged, advanced in years, Paul is going to go into what these older men need to be as Christians.
c)First they need to be “temperate”
1)A person who is not extreme in their opinion, they think before they talk and don’t just burst out ready for an argument
2)It can also mean a person who drinks moderately or that they do everything in moderation.
They are not extreme.
d)They are to be “dignified”, serious and worthy
1)This can be seen by the way a man carries himself and how he dresses
2)If I showed up to preach one Sunday in torn jeans and a tee-shirt, I would not look very dignified nor would I be bringing dignity to the position of the preacher.
e)Older men are to be “sensible”
1)Sound of mind, they have a healthy mind that is not polluted
2)They have control over their mind in that they do not flip out and rush toward a fight without understanding it first.
f)They are to be “sound in the faith”
1)Their faith is to be healthy and not prone to disease this is true of all Christians.
2)A healthy body is a strong body and a healthy faith is a strong faith ready to stand against false doctrine.
3)The word “sound” here is also connected to the next two things an older man should be
g)They are to be sound “in love”
1)This is the Greek word agape and means unconditional love
2)Their love is to be healthy and strong ready to overcome any obstacle set in its way.
3)Strong enough to be able to reprove a brother if it becomes necessary
h)They are to be sound “in perseverance”
1)Again strong and healthy in their patience and endurance as they go through this life.
2)Not to be swayed by those who teach false doctrine, but always striving unwaveringly toward the goal in heaven.
i)Older men this is how you need to be as a Christian in this world.
2.Next Paul turns to the older women
a)They “are to be reverent in their behavior”
1)This is like when I first went to Guys house and he took me down stairs to see the John Wayne memorial.
2)Guys behavior when he went down there went to reverent.
He got silent and you could tell that he respected the room.
3)That is having a reverent behavior and this is what Paul is calling on the older ladies to have.
b)They are also “not to be malicious gossips”
1)When a person seeks out a “juicy” story on someone else or spreads one themselves.
2)This is not the attitude of a Christian and is not what an older lady should be either.
c)They are not to be “enslaved to much wine”
1)It is hard for a person to be reverent if they are drunk with wine, so ladies you need to refrain from this!
2)The word “enslaved here means that a person has become the slave of the wine and that they no longer control themselves, but the wine does.
3)We are to be enslaved to Christ and most certainly not to the wine
d)Older women are to be “teaching what is good”
1)But what is “good”?
Certainly not their past life as a worldly Cretan, but that of the good news they had received and obeyed.
2)This teaching is for (but not limited to) the younger women as we see here in verse 4.
3.Now we see Paul turning to give some words about how the younger women are to conduct themselves in this world.
a)The first thing we see is that the older women are to encourage these younger women to be all these things Paul is about to list.
b)Paul is making the older ladies the role model for these women to follow and the first thing is “to love their husbands”
1)Is marriage important?
Yes it is.
Marriage is the first institution God established for us.
2)We need to take is serious and Paul wants the Cretans to also first by looking to the older Christians for encouragement.
c)Next Paul wants the older women to encourage the younger to love their children.
1)We can see a great emphasis on love here.
It was love that saved us from sin and we need to show that love to others.
2)And who should have a prominent place in our lives?
Christ, our spouse, and our children.
3)Who better to be the example for these young women then the older women?
Paul knows what he is talking about here.
d)Just like we can see that these first two are a pair, so also are the next two, “sensible” and “pure”
1)Sensible means that one has control over their mind.
That impure thoughts are being kept out.
2)Pure is keeping sin out of your life.
It is when we find those things in our life that are sinful and we purge them out leaving us more pure.
e)Next they are to be “workers at home”
1)A young women who takes care of the home will undoubtedly bless her husband and her children.
2)Connected with this is that she is also to be “kind” to those who come into the home and among her family.
f)Finally the responsibility laid upon the young women is that she is to be “subject to her own husband”
1)This is by her own will, she is to subject herself to the husband, it is a choice that she must make.
2)Paul opens with young women loving their husbands and he closes with the thought that they are to subject themselves to their husbands.
3)It seems clear that the Cretans have a problem with this in that day and it is a problem we face in our day and age.
4)So how can we fix the problem of adultery in our day in age?
First it starts with the older women encouraging the younger and then for the younger to know God’s word and apply it.
5)But this is not a lesson on adultery so we must move on.