Followers You Can Follow - Lehi
TODAY’S BIG QUESTION: How do you have a healthy church?
ANSWER #1: Healthy TEACHING
Titus 2:1 You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.
ANSWER #2: Healthy PEOPLE
Titus 2:2-3 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.
ROLE #1: Older individuals – Exemplify SELF-CONTROL.
Titus 2:4-8 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.
ROLE #2: Younger individuals– Learn SELF-CONTROL
OBSERVATION: Gospel INSTRUCTION is focused on EMPOWERING people wherever they are.
Titus 2:9-10 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.
OBSERVATION: Just because the Bible ADDRESSES something doesn’t mean it ENDORSES something.
A MULTIPLIER MINDSET: Live INTENTIONALLY not IMPULSIVELY.
Titus 2:11-15 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.
TODAY’S KEY TRUTH: Self-control is not motivated by GUILT but GRACE.
3 MULTIPLYING RELATIONSHIPS:
- A LEADER
- A FRIEND
- A FOLLOWER
- How has trusting the Gospel made you a healthier person?
- Take a look at the Apostle Paul’s ethical instructions to each segment of the church (vv.2-8). Which category do you fall into? What are the implications of Paul’s instruction for your role?
- Why do you think “self-control” was mentioned so often as a character quality that must be developed? (see vv.2,5,6,12) What makes this behavior so difficult?
- Read the Key Truth from the message. What is the difference between being motivated by guilt and being motivated by grace?
- Look at the 3 types of relationships that are crucial for us to have to be healthy followers of Jesus Christ. Which relationships are present in your life? What next step can you take to develop all 3?