Scripture: Titus 2:1-10
Series: The Irreducible Gospel
As we look about the church, we can see not only individuals but also various groups. Each of these groups must be taught to observe their God-given duties.
- Within every local church, one may observe various groups of believers who are gathered around one or more common denominators:
- Age and/or gender (vv. 2-6)
- Social or cultural factors (v. 9)
- Special needs or interests (1 Timothy 5:3ff)
- Each of these groups must be taught to understand its special duties in the life of the church:
- Older men: maturity and practical godliness
- Older women: reverent, training the younger women
- Younger women: “home lovers”
- Younger men: self-mastery
- Slaves: subject to their masters in everything
- When each group is fulfilling its God-given duties, the result will be transformational:
- In the church
- In the home
- And in the watching community
- Both the motive and the enabling for such godly behavior has been provided by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ:
- His grace teaches us how to live (v. 11).
- His grace redeems us from slavery to sin (v. 14).
- His grace purifies us (v. 14).
- His grace motivates us to do His good will (vv. 13-14).
Personal application: Where did you find yourself in today’s message? What special duties are yours as a result of the group(s) that you are part of? Are you seeking and finding God’s grace in Christ to sustain you in your daily walk?