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Being an Example for Godliness

Being an Example for Godliness

Titus 2:6-8

 

  1. Instruction to Young Men of the Church
    1. Emphasis on “Urging” and “Encouraging”
      1. Likewise – Paul’s linking and connecting the young men of the church to other groups in the church.
      2. He’s using this linking word to describe how in the body of Christ, we are all equal, necessary, and need to be instructed in godliness.
  • Urging/Admonish –This is an imperative, or the strongest command that Paul has given thus far.
    1. When Paul begins talking about young men, that is the group that Titus knows well!
    2. The young men have an example of how a young man should live.
    3. Titus is able to speak so strongly towards young men because he is one himself, he understands their struggles, and he is able to lead by example.
  1. Young Men of the Church – Specifically, Paul would be referring to males who would be older than 12 years old, but were not yet considered the older people of the church.
    1. If you’re a male and haven’t received your AARP card yet, then this section is speaking to you.
  2. Being Sensible
    1. Young men, be sensible. Be responsible. Be levelheaded. Be self-controlled.
    2. This is actually the 4th time that Paul has used this word, “sensible”.
  • Paul is demonstrating that we all have different roles in the church, but we are all called to the same form of godliness.
  1. Paul has a unique understanding of a concept that we first discussed last Sunday – natural inclination to sin.
  2. Males have tendencies, or inclinations, to specific sins as well. In general, males can tend to be impulsive and can be often consumed by things.
    1. Colossians 3:19, 21, Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”).
    2. 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.”).
    3. Whatever your own personal struggle is, men, we need to see in ourselves the struggle that is real, that each and every one of us has, and what Paul is calling us to get a grip on – being self-controlled.
  3. The answer is a changed heart through the good grace of God!
  • Young men, that is the only way that you can be self-controlled, sensible, and follow God the way that you have been called – through the grace, provision, and enablement of God.
  1. Titus’ as an Example for Christian Conduct
    1. Leading Through Conduct
      1. Paul specifically calls Titus to not just teach these people how to be more like Christ, but also to model what living like Christ looks like.
      2. A true leader, whether religious or secular, will lead by example.
  • He says in verse 7, “in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds”.
  1. Titus must model what it looks like to be self-controlled in all situations.
  2. Paul is also calling Titus to be an example for the entire church.
  3. And Paul is decisive about how far reaching this should be in Titus’ life – “in all things”. When you accept Jesus, He must be everything in your life.
  • Paul gives three ways in verse 7 for Titus to be an example of good deeds.
    1. Purity in Doctrine: Or “soundness”, “uncorruptness” The best way for Titus to lead God’s people is to not have corrupt doctrine.
      1. As the pastor of this church, this is my first and primary desire.
    2. Dignified: Paul tells Titus that he must be a good example for the church by being dignified, or serious.
      1. Paul’s calling Titus to be serious with his faith and upstanding with how he lives.
    3. Sound in Speech: Paul says in verse 8 that Titus must be an example through his speech that is beyond reproach.
      1. First, he tells Titus to be “sound” in his speech. Titus, when you talk both publically and privately to your church, speak rightly about doctrine, faith, and conduct.
      2. Secondly, right speech will be “beyond reproach”.
        1. As Christians, we in a real sense, represent Christ with our speech.
      3. Purpose of Setting a Good Example for the Church
        1. The final part of verse 8 is yet again another purpose, or result clause.
        2. The direct result of faithfulness in these ways are that “opponents will be put to shame”, and that they will have “nothing bad to say about us”.
  • Paul is intentionally vague about who these opponents, or enemies of the faith are.
  1. So what might this look like in our modern setting?
    1. There are many people in our society who view the church as a judgmental, hypocritical place.
    2. When we love one another, when we’re kind to one another, when we’re sweet to one another, when we take care of and provide for one another, when we give time to one another, then the accusers will have nothing to say, because their claims will be seen as entirely false.
  2. So Paul is urging Titus to be diligent in his conduct, knowing that when the leader of the church is faithful in all manners of living, that others of the church will be encouraged to do the same.
  1. Application
    1. Young men of all ages, do not give in to the emotions and impulses that will inevitably come. Christ alone must rule your heart and emotions.
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