Last updated on October 10th, 2019
Does your church preach on Titus? Hello again fact-truthers. Hope you’ve all recovered from either your great glee or great gloom about the US Presidential Election outcome. As I implied in my previous post, it wasn’t going to matter who was going to be elected, and it still now doesn’t matter that we know that person is Trump. God is still God. So with that being stated, let’s return to the Titus question. I don’t know about you all, but most churches I’ve ever attended tend to stick to the same scriptural script.
Think to yourself if this sounds familiar. They preach their own messages formulated by select verses here and there typically found in the Gospels, Romans, Corinthians, Philippians, Ephesians or some common character story in the Old Testament such as David or Ruth. Sound familiar? Now all of these books and characters hold great teachings that are certainly worthy of being preached on. However, let us not forget what 2 Timothy 3:16 states. “16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”
Keyword here, “all”. There’s plenty to profit from in all books and chapters in Scripture. Don’t allow your church or preacher to limit their teachings to the ones that are so commonly focused on. When was the last time your church preached on Titus? If it’s been awhile, maybe Titus 2 will make them want to look into teaching that book again soon.
Observe Titus 2:2-6, where we find some wise characteristics for men and women to strive to reflect in their characteristics. It states, “Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible;”
Let’s break this down
Older men – temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, love, and perseverance.
Older women – Reverent in behavior, not malicious gossipers, not enslaved to wine, teachers of good, encouragers of young women on the things they should be doing.
Young women – Lovers of their husbands, lovers of their children, sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, subject to their husbands to honor the Word of God
Young men – Sensible.
And in the next two verses Paul encourages Titus of characteristics for him to reflect that perhaps young men could also reflect as well. Being an example of good deeds, purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech beyond reproach. Do you reflect these specific characteristics in the stage of life you’re in? I would encourage you all to go to blueletterbible.org and look at the meaning of those words used in the Greek. It’ll be very helpful to you.
So when was the last time your church preached on Philemon? Or how about Colossians? If not anytime recently, perhaps you should encourage your leaders to preach and teach on these books. But most importantly, you need to study these often “unread” and “unfocused” on books and chapters yourself. There’s a lot that God expects us to obey and live up to in scripture that you need to know. I hope this will encourage you to put in the time to do so.
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