Summary: Paul told the Corinthian church that their lives were letters read by all men. The world is reading us today. What they read will either draw them to or drive them from Christ.
Looking Good - Being an Attractive Christian Titus 2:1-10
Paul told the Corinthian church that their lives were letters read by all men. The world is reading us today. What they read will either draw them to or drive them from Christ. If our lifestyle fails to reflect the character of God, then we neutralize our testimony. Paul writing to Titus gives advice on how each segment of the church – the senior men, the senior women, the younger men, the younger women, the church leadership, and the believer in the world, can become attractive and adorn or beautify the Gospel we preach.
I. Advice to the Older Men – Verse 2 - Aged - historically “presbutes” was a term used to refer to people over 50
A. Sober - moderate...not indulgent...not extravagant. Sobriety is a word that basically means with moderation.
• The mature Christian man is a man who isn't in to excess, who is generally a moderate person.
• Free from all forms of excess or life-dominating patterns
• Remember the influence you have on others. “What one generation accepts in moderation, the next will accept in excess."
B. Grave – does not mean being a gloomy Gus. It come from a word that means serious, when used of people, this term, the Greek semnos, means “worthy of respect, honorable, noble, dignified.” Hiebert describes it as “revealing a personal dignity and seriousness of purpose that invite honor and respect.”
• Christian dignity means to live a holy life, to live according to Biblical teaching, obey to God’s commandments, to live with the sense of seriousness that we are ambassadors on a mission for our Master.
• It does not mean we cannot have fun and enjoy life. But wew must have our priorities right.
• A mature Christian man is not frivolous. He’s not flippant. He is serious about being a Christian 24/7 and demonstrating it in His life.
C. Temperate – discreet, sensible, not impulsive
• The word used for temperate means “of sound mind, sane, sensible, thoughtful,” or “self-controlled, sober-minded.”
• Proverbs 16:32"He that rules his spirit is greater than he that takes a city"
• One of the most tragic sights in life is a man who has learned nothing from the years (Barclay, p. 283).
D. Sound in Faith – Sound – a strong, healthy unwavering faith
• A mature Christian man has a solid belief and trust (or confidence) in God and in Christ.
• Antithesis - Hebrews 5:12 “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”
• A mature faith is a tested faith. A healthy church has older men who are examples of balanced stability in faith & character
E. Sound in charity –
• A mature believer should have, and manifest, a healthy love for others. He should not be bitter or selfish, but love out of principle.