TITUS: Christian Living
by Dr Gregory Magruder | February 10, 2020
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 02/09/20
Titus 2 & 3
INTRODUCTION: Paul sent Titus to select elders to serve in the churches on the island of Crete: This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you (Titus 1:5). The selection of a pastor requires careful evaluation of the character and the conduct of the candidate. Paul gives Titus the guidelines in selecting a pastor and warns him of danger signs to look for in the candidate. Paul also challenges every Christian to live in such a way that Jesus is honored, and the gospel is advanced. The way we live confirms what we teach. Paul explains that our behavior, our testimony, and our actions are all needed to lead others to follow Jesus.
GOD’S PEOPLE MUST REPRESENT CHRIST WELL.
*Christian doctrine is judged by Christian living. We must live our lives in such a way that we bring honor to Jesus and the gospel. Our walk must match our talk. But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine (Titus 2:1).
- Our family relationships bring respect to God’s Word: that the word of God may not be reviled (2:5).
- We are to do good works so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us” (2:7-8).
- Workers are to serve well “so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior” (2:10).
*Christian teaching is best expressed through godly living.
- Older men are to be mature examples of faith, love, and endurance. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness (2:3).
- Older women are to live holy lives and teach the younger how to raise a godly family. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children (2:3-4).
- Younger women are to make their homes places of love and goodness. Train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled (2:4-5).
- Younger men are to be self-controlled and models of Christian integrity. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us (2:6-8).
- Slaves are to be obedient and honest as they serve their masters so that Christ’s name is honored. Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior (2:9-10).
GOD’S PEOPLE HAVE A MARVELOUS STORY TO TELL.
*God’s grace came into the world through his son Jesus Christ.
- Grace brought us salvation so we can live godly lives and have hope until Jesus comes again. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (2:11-13).
- Jesus redeemed us, purified us, and made us useful for God’s purposes in this world. Jesus “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (2:14).
GOD’S PEOPLE MUST DO GOOD TO ALL PEOPLE.
*We are to be good citizens and treat everyone with love and respect.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people (3:1-2).
*We were once rebellious sinners, but God showed us mercy and grace. We can do good to others because we are now born again and filled with God’s Spirit. For we ourselves were once foolish… But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us… according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…through Jesus Christ our Savior…The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works (3:3-8).