Followers You Can Follow - West Jordan
An Idea that the Apostle Paul keeps coming back to = The Gospel (sound doctrine) is truly GOOD NEWS by every measure… spiritually, emotionally, relationally, psychologically…it brings health.
Titus 2:1 You must teach what is in accord with (the) sound doctrine.
Note #1 : The original Greek uses τῇ which is the word ‘the’, emphasizing that there is one sound doctrine = the Gospel.
Note #2: The original Greek also uses ὑγιαινούσῃ (hugiainousē) which means “healthy”, meaning the Gospel is good for you.
Big Question: What makes a healthy church, and how does it stay that way?
Titus 2:2-8 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. 4 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.
What Leaders in A Healthy Church Do
ANSWER #1: Concentrate on healthy TEACHING. (Titus 2:1)
ANSWER #2: Create healthy LEADERS. (Titus 2:4)
ANSWER #3: Cultivate healthy PEOPLE. (Titus 2:12-14)
What Followers in A Healthy Church Do
ROLE #1: Older Individuals – Demonstrate SELF-CONTROL. (Titus 2:2-5)
ROLE #2: Young Individuals - Discover SELF-CONTROL. (Titus 2:4-5)
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: The Bible often ADDRESSES something God doesn’t APPROVE of.
A MULTIPLIER MINDSET: Choose to live a healthy life through INTENTION (self-control) rather than IMPULSE.
Question: How do we find the motivation to be self-controlled? (Titus 2:11-15)
Answer: We realize that self-control is motivated by GRACE not GUILT.
Final Big Idea: There are three “grace-filled” relationships we would all do well to develop:
- Someone to FOLLOW – A LEADER
- Someone to WALK with – A FRIEND
- Someone you could help to take their NEXT STEP – A FOLLOWER
- Describe, if you can, why the Gospel creates health (spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and psychologically) whenever it is believed and practiced?
- Paul emphasizes in a few places in scripture (in Titus and Galatians 1:7) that there is only one Gospel, that it’s the Gospel. How do you tell someone about the Gospel in a way that says “this is the truth and it’s good for you” if they think it’s a way or the wrong way to God?
- Take a look at the Apostle Paul’s ethical instructions to each segment of the church (vv.2-8). Discuss the meaning of those instructions aimed at you.
- Have you ever looked to your church leaders as people who make your life and your faith healthier? How have they helped you live healthier through the Gospel?
- 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? Why is the “grace” of God so important here?
- Who is watching your life right now in order to learn how a Christian is supposed to do life? If you are not a Christian, who do you watch to see what a Christian life looks like? Who is encourages you and vice versa?