Session 3: Titus 2
In this section Paul guides Titus, and us, about how to think through various life stages and economic situations to live faithfully.
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While godliness is universally defined for all believers, there are distinct opportunities and challenges with different situations in life regarding how we demonstrate godliness. In this section Paul guides Titus, and us, about how to think through various life stages and economic situations to live faithfully.
Older men are encouraged “to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance” (Titus 2:2). In contrast to potential tendencies men might have as they age to become more demanding and self-indulgent, Christian men are challenged to be a role model and show love for others.
Older women are to be taught “to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine” (Titus 2:3). Furthermore, they are commissioned to be mentors and teachers of the younger women in the church. They are to help the younger women live godly lives and help them navigate marriage and raising children if that is part of their situation.
Younger men should be taught to be self-controlled. Titus is challenged to be an example to the other young men by his integrity and speech.
After the stage-in-life instructions, instructions are given for those in slavery. Slavery in Crete during this time would have been quite different from the slavery of Africans in the last several centuries. It was not based on ethnicity. It could be temporary. It could even provide certain avenues for economic and social advancement. That being the case, we can think of this as an employee being challenged to be a great worker. Through their excellency and trustworthiness in the workplace, believers can make the good news about Jesus attractive!
All of this comes as a response to the grace God has given us. It is not to earn his favor, but a grateful response because we want to do good.
Questions for Discussion/Reflection:
- What are some of the distinct challenges and opportunities in your current stage in life?
- How can you use the current phase of life you are in to pursue godliness?
- If you are an older man or woman, are you intentionally mentoring younger believers? If not, why not?
- What are ways you can use your current employment situation to make the Christian message attractive?
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