Titus 2:1-10, “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.  Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.  Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”

Titus 2:1, “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:”

The Church is to be the example for the world.  In this 5 part series, I look to expand on how to behave as being associated with the Church.  There is a part for each person within the body of Christ.  Today, we will begin with the first verse of Titus chapter two.

As for you.  “You” is a broad term.  It could refer to who the letter is written to, but more importantly to us, it is meant for us.  We must take notice of what is going to be said next.  This is a “listen up” call to us to be ready to learn what we need to learn.

Speak the things.  Our speech must be controlled as a member of the body of Christ.  What we say can sometimes mean as much as or more than what we do.  Speech can also go right along with actions.  What a man says can be as good as a contract.  What is said can make people happy, sad, mad, or depressed.  What we say needs to reflect what God would want us to say.

Proper for sound doctrine.  Sound doctrine is all about talking about what comes from God in the Bible.  There is no adding to the Bible.  There is no taking away from the Bible.  There is no manipulating the Word so that it fits you.  For a message to be sound is for a message to be free from error.  The only way for doctrine to be without error is for it to have come from God Himself.  When we quote Scripture, we need to be aware of context.  The verses before and after the verse we are looking at will have effect on the message.

As we have begun this study, we need to remember sound doctrine always.  What we say does matter.  The Word of God applies to us as much as it does to others.  We are the Church.  The Church is not a building but the people in the building.  We need to be the Church every day.  Be an example for God.  Be what God intends for you to be.

Heavenly Father,

Let us always be reminded that we are the Church.  We are the example of You to the world.  Help us to say and do what is right in Your eyes always.  Help us to show others who You are.  We are not of this world so let us stand apart from the world.  You are our example.  I pray that we always look to You for all that we want and need.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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