Titus 2:1-2:10

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Text: Titus 2:1-10 , 15

THINGS WHICH BECOME SOUND DOCTRINE

INTRODUCTION:

Paul visited the island of Crete after his release from his first Roman imprisonment, and when he went elsewhere, he left Titus there to carry on the work of establishing the churches and correcting some of their errors.

The churches were unorganized.

The church members were quite careless in their behavior.

Titus was to set in order the things which needed correcting.

Titus was to appoint the right kind of pastors.

Titus was also to speak the things which become (i.e. are appropriate for) sound doctrine. In Titus 2:1-10 , 15, we see some things which become sound doctrine.

Speak = assert, proclaim

Become = are fitting for, are becoming to, are suitable for, are appropriate for; not which turn into sound doctrine.

Sound = literally, healthy = correct

What we begin to realize is that correct doctrine issues in correct living.

I. THINGS WHICH ARE APPROPRIATE FOR CORRECT DOCTRINE FOR OLDER MEN - 2:2

Titus 2:2 - (2) That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Sober = with regard to wine, temperate (in the use of wine)

Grave = worthy or respect or honor, noble, dignified, serious

Temperate = prudent, thoughtful, self-controlled

Sound in faith = Correct in their faith, i.e. in the doctrines of Christianity.

Sound in love = Correct in the love found in God's Word

Sound in patience = Correct in the patience (i.e. endurance, fortitude, steadfastness, perseverance) found in God's Word

II. THINGS WHICH ARE APPROPRIATE FOR CORRECT DOCTRINE FOR OLDER WOMEN - 2:3

Titus 2:3 - (3) The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

They be in behavior as becometh holiness = as is befitting a holy person, as is holy, as is worthy of reverence.

Not false accusers = not slanderous

Not given to much wine = not having been enslaved to much wine

Teachers of good things

Teachers or examples to the younger women

III. THINGS WHICH BECOME CORRECT DOCTRINE FOR YOUNGER WOMEN - 2:4-5

Titus 2:4-5 - (4) That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, (5) To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Sober = sober-minded, to cause one to be of sound mind, to bring someone to his senses

Loving their husbands

Loving their children

Discreet = prudent, thoughtful, self-controlled; the same word is translated temperate in v. 2.

Chaste = pure, holy, modest

Keepers at home = staying at home, domestic, keeping at home and taking care of household affairs

Obedient to their own husbands = submissive or subordinated to their own husbands.

IV. THINGS WHICH ARE APPROPRIATE FOR CORRECT DOCTRINE FOR YOUNGER MEN - 2:6

Titus 2:6 - (6) Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

Soberminded = to be of sound mind, reasonable, sensible, serious, keep one's head.

V. THINGS WHICH ARE APPROPRIATE FOR CORRECT DOCTRINE FOR A MAN OF GOD - 2:7-8

Titus 2:7-8 - (7) In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, (8) Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

Show himself a pattern of good works in all things

In doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech

Doctrine = teaching, instruction

Uncorruptness = sincerity, integrity

Gravity = reverence, dignity, seriousness, respectfulness

Sincerity = incorruptibility

Sound speech = sound teaching or preaching

That cannot be condemned = that cannot be censured

VI. THINGS WHICH ARE APPROPRIATE FOR CORRECT DOCTRINE FOR SLAVES - 2:9-10

Titus 2:9-10 - (9) Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; (10) Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

Obedient to their own masters = subject to or subordinate to their own masters.

To please them well in all things

Not answering again = speak against, contradict, oppose, refuse

Not purloining = not embezzling

Showing all good fidelity = showing or demonstrating all good faithfulness or reliabilty.

VI. THESE THINGS ARE TO BE SPOKEN WITH ALL AUTHORITY - 2:15

Titus 2:15 - (15) These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

These things refers to the statements made in verses 2-6 and 9-10.

Speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority

Speak = be (i.e. continue or keep on) speaking, be saying, be asserting, or be proclaiming

Exhort = be (i.e. continue or keep on) exhorting, be appealing to, be urging, be encouraging

Rebuke = be(i.e. continue or keep on) rebuking, be bringing to light, be exposing, be setting forth, be declaring

With all authority = With every command or order

Let no man despise thee

Despise = disregard, look down on

Let no man despise thee is not a command for Titus to obey but is a command which others must obey regarding Titus. In the Greek text this is a third person command for which English has no equivalent. Third person commands are usually translated in the King James Bible by let him, let her, or let them do something.

No man is nobody or no one and may refer to a male or a female.

Despise is understood in the sense of disregard or look down on. Its present tense suggests that this was already happening. People were disregarding or looking down on Titus. This activity needed to be stopped at once.

Thee is Titus. It is no man who is commanded to stop despising Titus. After all, Titus received his instructions from Paul who had received them from the Lord. Consequently, those who despised Titus were also despising the Lord Whom Titus represented. At the same time Titus should never do anything which would result in people despising him.

CONCLUSION:

Certain kinds of conduct are appropriate for correct teaching. We need to bring our practices into line with our beliefs.

We remind ourselves that correct doctrine issues in correct living. By contrast, incorrect living implies incorrect doctrine. We have it backwards today. In fundamentalism we are sometimes more concerned with our external appearance than we are with our doctrine. As a result, people know how they ought to look and act, but they have no substance as Christians.

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This sermon is the 4th part of the series, Study of Titus. Other sermons in this series are: