But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. (Titus 2:1)
Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. (Titus 2:2)
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, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. (Titus 2:3-5)
Having now concluded the first chapter of Titus, we can now easily see that Paul’s theme and focus throughout it was establishing a correct view of church leadership. First, we learned that the New Testament assumes a plurality of elders leading and shepherding the local churches. Second, Paul delivered to us a list of qualifications for being an elder of a church, as well as emphasizing the importance of pastors leading the church in holding firm to the Scriptures. Third, the apostle gave a rousing exhortation against false teachers, during which he warned Titus how to both identify and confront them.
Moving into the second chapter of Titus, there is a shift of focus from one aspect of the church to another, a shift from leadership to membership. Paul’s overall aim throughout chapter two is to reinforce the importance of each Christian living a godly life for the glory of Jesus Christ. Just as we covered leadership in three parts, we will spend an equal amount of time on members. Across this chapter, we will continue to see the same basic theme of the letter: the marriage of sound doctrine and good works.
Paul begins our discussion of active church members with a familiar topic: discipleship. Since we know that Jesus’ final command to His disciples before ascending to heaven was the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20), it should come as no surprise that Paul would consider this crucial for every Christian to understand. By speaking to older and younger men and women in purposefully broad generality, he seeks to encourage and guide everyone into further obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples.
Read verse 1 and discuss the following.
- In this verse, Paul urges Titus to teach sound doctrine. Why is sound doctrine so important for the church?
Read verses 2-6 and discuss the following.
- These verses present Paul’s practical view of discipleship within the church. What is discipleship? Why is it important?
- Paul presents four categories of people (older and younger men and older and younger women). Which category do you fall under? Does your life reflect the characteristics that Paul describes?
- The apostle commands the older men and women to train younger men and women in both theological and practical things. Why is this training important? Do you actively practice this?
ACTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Consider your life in light of Jesus’ command to make disciples. Make a list of areas where you succeed and fail in discipling others and being discipled by others and a list of how you might grow in discipleship.
- Pray for the kingdom of God to continue expanding into the earth through the making of disciples and for the Lord’s guidance in how you can more effectively make disciples.