DISCIPLESHIP MODEL FOR THE CHURCH HOUSEHOLD TO CHANGE THE NATION (A STUDY OF THE BOOK OF TITUS) Part 2
Pastor Wole Gbogboade
Text: Chapter 2-3
From chapter 1 we can see Paul teaching on how to find a lasting solution to the Cretan Church and national problem which has affected the whole family. First, identify the problems. Secondly, know detail about the cause of the problem. In this case, we can see that the Church at Crete had so many social and cultural problems; then the Judaism preachers came to compound their problem with religion. They gave them religion instead of the true gospel that could solve their social and traditional problems by making them have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The lesson we must learn here is that before you can proffer a tangible solution, you must first identify the root of the problem, then know the cause.
SOLUTION STRATEGY: Chapter 2.
After identifying the problems, Paul told Titus to teach sound doctrine in the Church using his life as a role model:
Charge to Titus: He must teach sound doctrine and live it. v. 1.
He must see that these also manifest in the lives of the leaders: Old men and women; young men and women so they can raise their children in like manner.
The Leaders: Secondly, he should teach family leaders such as old men, old women, young men and young women.
The old men and women would then teach the young men and women in order to amplify Titus teachings both in the Church and at home. Titus 2:2-7.
Old Men: They must be temperate, worthy of respect, self-control, sound in faith, love and endurance, worthy of respect. They are to teach young men to do same. v.2
Old Women: Must be reverent, not slanderers, not addicted to wine. They are to teach young women to love their husbands and their children, to be self-controlled, kind, pure, busy at home and subject to their husband. v. 3-5
Young men: Self-controlled. Set them an example of good deed. 1Tim. 4: 12-13. They must do what is good whether in the Church or in their secular work. Teach them to develop integrity, seriousness and sound speech. v.6-8
Servants: Teach servants or slaves to please their masters at all times and to respect them. They must not steal from them; they should be trust worthy so that they may project Christ character in their lives. v. 9-10
Curricular: 1- Sound doctrine for good morals. 2- Faith in Christ. 3- Love in the Church and among family members as well as in the public. 4- Good works. 5- Credibility and Integrity as a lifestyle.
Paul explained the purpose of grace which Titus must also explain to the Cretan believers.
- Grace is to work righteousness in believers’ lives by empowering them to say “no” to sin and to live godly living. Titus 2:11-14.
- To prepare the believers for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- To do good work that will draw others into the kingdom, while waiting for His coming. Acts 10:38, Matt. 28:18-20.
- Teach, rebuke, encourage, correct with authority. Don’t be intimidated by anyone. 15
The believers who are taught must manifest the lifestyle of Jesus Christ our Lord:
1- Godly living. 2- Humility and self-control in line with the word of God. 3- Good work. 4- Orderliness and obedience to authority. 5- Peaceful living and speak no evil of anyone.
REMINDER AND SUMMARY: Chapter 3
- 1-2 1- Remind the people of submission to authority. 2- Obedience to the word of God. 3- Do good work: spiritual and secular. A Christian’s lifestyle must be Christ-like whether in Church or at place of work. 4- No slander 5- Be peaceful, considerate and humble.
- 3 what we were before Christ met us:
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, and wrong. We were slaves to passions and pleasures of all kinds. We spent our lives in malice and envy; others hated us and we hated them.” v. 3 (GNB)
“It was a Cretan himself, one of their own prophets, who spoke the truth when he said, “Cretans are always liars, wicked beasts, and lazy gluttons.” For this reason you must rebuke them sharply, so that they may have a healthy faith.” Titus 1:12-13 (GNB)
We were lost and without hope of eternal life. The devil does not mind and body being in Church and remain a Church goer without the word changing such people. Cultural Christianity based on false doctrine that permits careless lifestyle.
- 4-7 When Christ came to rescue us, our lives changed for good.
The gospel brought definite change through teaching of sound doctrine of Jesus Christ: love, credibility, integrity, holiness/sanctification. The grace we receive should produce fruit of righteousness in our lives. This should manifest in godly lifestyle.
- 8. What Titus should focus on teaching is what Christ did to change our lives.
Who we are in Christ: True disciples, ambassadors of Christ full of good works, godly lifestyle. 2Cor. 5: 18-21. Eph. 2:10.
- 9-11 What to avoid and be careful of: avoid foolish controversies and genealogies, arguments and quarrels about the law. Why? They are unprofitable and useless. We are called to win souls not argument. You may never win in an argument or debate because each one wants to hold on to his point. We are called to win souls. 2 Cor. 5:19.
Secondly, warn divisive person to desist from it.
- 12-15. Final greetings
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