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Summary: Paul tells Titus – the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart – and the fact is everything rises and falls on the cross and whether Christ has invaded your heart.

We’re (3) weeks into a (4) week series in Titus entitled – Invasion. I chose this title b/c Paul is concerned w/ the war being waged b/w Spirit and flesh, the church and the world. He concludes – if the world invades the church, the world will invade you; but if Christ invades you, you will invade the world.

As a recap, in week 1 we looked at the doctrinal heart of this letter. In ch. 3:3-8, Paul tells Titus – the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart – and the fact is everything rises and falls on the cross and whether Christ has invaded your heart.

Last week we looked at Paul’s call to Titus to protect the church from the world by straightening out any incorrect teachings/practices that had already seeped in and to raise up/disciple a group of leaders who might have an ability to help him have a right influence over the house church.

Paul has given his protégé (5) primary directives for pastoring/overseeing the church in Crete.

• Base everything you do on the Gospel of Jesus

• Straighten out the bad doctrines/practices

• Surround yourself w/ Godly, discipling leaders

• Personally invest Jesus in you into others

• Together engage the world in Jesus’ name

You must teach what is appropriate w/ sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, love and endurance. 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. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, busy at home, kind, and subject to their husbands, that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything show yourself to be an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so those who oppose you may be ashamed b/c they have nothing bad to say about us. Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show they can be fully trusted, so in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people who are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke w/ all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. Titus 2:1-15

Transitioning away from the scourge of false teaching, Paul is going to give Titus an encouragement for life2life living – and he’s going to give him (5) keys to making disciples.

I Make a Personal INVESTMENT

You must teach what is appropriate w/ sound doctrine.

He gave the same encouragement to Timothy in 2 Tm. 2:2 – The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to reliable people who will be qualified to teach others also.

teach (laleo) to speak or converse. The idea isn’t to preach, but to have regular dialogue w/ someone.

The present tense imp. carries the idea of persistence – meaning Titus and the house church leaders weren’t just to teach truth, they were to have regular conversations about right doctrine and right living – expecting the people to put their faith into practice. This is discipleship!

In this instance – Paul says they were to have conversations about fitting behavior that coincided w/ right belief.

appropriate (prepo) fitting – refers to a behavior that’s in alignment w/ one’s beliefs – a faith that’s conspicuous b/c it has been revealed by one’s action.

sound (hugiano) healthy (we get hygiene); doctrine (didaskalia) essential foundational truth – they were to talk about beliefs which promotes spiritual intimacy/well-being.

Such conversations require intentionality. Disciples aren’t made from pulpits; disciples are made by disciples. Disciples are made when one maturing believer intentionally pours the Jesus in them into the life of another person. Life2Life

II Establish a Life-Giving EXPECTATION

Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, love and endurance. 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. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, busy at home, kind, and subject to their husbands, that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.

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