Titus Chapter 2

October 10, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Titus. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Paul opens this chapter in Titus with an emphasis on “sound doctrine” or teaching. A sound teaching combines biblical truth, understanding, and living by trying to do the next right thing. Sound teaching must be grounded in scripture, keep Jesus and the Kingdom of God as central, and result in a life that is pleasing to God and fulfills His purposes.

Paul is exhorting and encouraging Titus, and all of us to read and study the Bible and apply its principles to our lives.

Titus 2:1-15 (NIV)
1 You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. 3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. 6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. 9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

Titus 2:1-5

It is good for a church to be filled with people of all age groups. Each group is vital to the church. Each group can have a significant impact on other groups. Older people can pass on wisdom and values to younger people. Younger people can provide a measure of energy and enthusiasm to the entire group. We are to respect and encourage each other and be willing to learn, to instruct, and to pray for each other.

Paul also talks about the importance of self-control. We need to remember that we live in community in the church which is tasked with the mission of reaching out to the surrounding community. We have to live with the realization that it is not all about us, it is some about us, but we are adjectives in a story with Jesus as the noun.

Titus 2:7-8

Paul talks about the importance of being a good example. Being a good example requires integrity. I believe that integrity is when what you say you believe and how you live are in agreement. You can’t say one thing and live another. We also can’t be hypocrites.

Titus 2:9-10

Paul talks about the relationship between slaves and masters again here in Titus. The concept of slavery as we understand it is horrific. It is the entrapment and enslavement of a people by another group of people. It is demeaning and demonic and unfortunately still exists all over the world today. A glowing example would be the sex trade industry which is enslaving people all over the world for the sick and perverse needs of the people who are willing to exploit them. At the time of Paul’s writing, slavery was different. It was often a way of repaying a debt, and was for a fixed period of time. In exchange for labor, slaves were given food and shelter. Of course, even then there were abuses. But as believers, the relationship between slaves and masters needed to change accordingly.

We can apply this concept into the employee and employer relationship today. Employees should work hard, showing respect for their employers. In turn, employers should be fair. Our work should reflect our faithfulness to and love for Christ.

Titus 2:11-15

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

The grace of God that brings salvation is good news that God wants everyone to hear.

And not just to hear, but to put into practice so that it changes lives. We are to live for God in this present evil age while we wait expectantly for His return and the restoration of all things. We are to redeem the time by sharing this Good News that we have found in Jesus.

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