Summary: God gives men some definite instructions to aid them in their spiritual growth.
GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS TO PROMOTE SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN MEN
I. THE INTRODUCTION
God has placed an awesome responsibility upon us men. He has given us the responsibility of leading His church and our families. When He gave us His name, Father, He designated us as His primary representative in the church and in the family. We have the responsibility to lead others to walk in His paths of righteousness. We are to be the point men leading our families through this treacherous world. To accomplish our mission we must be spiritually mature and ever growing into deeper levels of Christ-likeness.
Men, what do you need to do in order to grow into spiritual maturity? How can you insure that you will continue to grow into Christ-likeness? How can you become a man who is spiritually equipped to lead his family through this treacherous world in which we live?
Paul answers those questions in our text, Titus 2:2-8. Remember Paul is writing to Titus who is on the island of Crete. Paul is giving him instructions on how to promote spiritual growth among the Christians there. Paul’s instructions are timeless truths that speak to us today as well. The same things that promoted spiritual growth in the men in Crete will promote spiritual growth in your life.
Last week, we saw the first thing you must do to insure your spiritual growth into Christ-likeness is to place yourself under qualified spiritual leadership--Paul talks about that in the first part of chapter one. The second thing you must do is shun false teachers. Paul deals with this in verses 10-16.
In chapter two, Paul moves from giving general instructions for all Christians to particular instructions for three particular groups of people—men, women, and slaves. God’s Word today is addressed to the men in our congregation. He has something in particular to say to you older men and something particular to say to us younger men. Ladies, you can sit back and enjoy this sermon. Your turn will come next week!
II. GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS TO PROMOTE SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN OLDER MEN (2)
By older men, Paul is probably referring to men whose children are grown and have left home. A man’s age is not as important here as the cultural view. The question is does the culture see him as an older man?
Old age presents particular challenges to spiritual growth. Increased age typically brings decreased energy, diminished vision and hearing, more aches and pains, and often more depression, hopelessness, and cynicism. In the last chapter of Ecclesiastes we are told, "Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, ’I have no delight in them’; before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain; in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men stoop" (12:1-3).
For the Christian, however, old age should be different. Old age should be associated with such things as maturity, wisdom, and patience. Like Job said, “Wisdom is with aged men, and with long life is understanding.” Job 12:12. For Christians, old age should bring greater love for God, greater love for the people of God, and greater love for the things of God. Instead of depression and despair there should be hope and joyous expectation of seeing Jesus face to face. With retirement comes more time to serve God.