Tuesday 10 November 2009

Bible Book:

"Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us." (v.7)

Titus 2:1-8, 11-14 Tuesday 10 November 2009


Paul began this chapter of his letter by saying to Titus, "Butas for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine." Hewanted Titus to help others to grow in their faith, but beforelaying out his instructions of what Titus was to tell the Churchmembers, Paul first reminds Titus of his ownresponsibilities.

Titus was to teach by example. There was no point telling theCretan Church members to be models of good works if he himself didnothing to help those in need. Likewise, how could Titus expectothers to show integrity in their actions if he wasn't seen to actwith honesty in his own affairs?

Teaching by example is far harder, but so much more effective thanstanding at the front of church for an hour and lecturing people onhow they should live their lives. Titus had to ensure thateverything he said, did and was, communicated the authenticity ofhis message, all of the time. Titus was to be a teacher 24 hours aday, 7 days a week. It was a hard task but it would produce greatrewards: "Then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothingevil to say of us".

By 'us', Paul was referring not just to himself and Titus, but toall Christians. Teaching others by example is something that we canall work towards. The way in which we speak, conduct our affairs,care for each other and live out our faith in Jesus can have a farreaching impact on others.

To Ponder

In what ways do your actions communicate yourChristian faith?

What do you think Paul meant by "soundspeech"?

Paul gave instructions for different parts of theCretan Church: some reflect timeless Christian principles andothers the cultural norms of the day. What modifications would youmake to his instructions that would reflect today's culture?

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