Summary: titus 2:1-6

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Sermon: Titus 2:1-6

Titus 2:1-6

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

Going to the doctor for a checkup is something a lot of people do often.

They want to make sure their health is not failing in ways they can’t detect on their own.

Not a bad idea.

trying to stay healthy is just a smart thing to do.

Likewise we are prone to miss some signs of poor spiritual health if we don’t check up on it on a regular basis.

In Paul’s letters to the pastors Timothy and Titus he uses a word that helps evaluate spiritual health.

The word is "sound".

We actually get our English word "hygiene" from the Greek word that Paul uses.

When the Bible speaks of "sound doctrine", "sound faith" and "sound speech", it is basically talking about "healthy doctrine", "healthy faith" and "healthy speech".

How do we maintain good spiritual hygiene?

How do we know we are spiritually well?

That is a very important question

how do we know if we are truly spiritually well

especially since there are so many different types of messages being preached in today’s society?"

1 John 4:1

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

that verse basically tells us not to believe everything we hear.

Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you.

Not everyone who talks about God comes from God.

There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world today.

so I have a series of tests we can use to make sure we are spiritually healthy

The first test of good spiritual health is our relationship to "sound doctrine".

If our spiritual health is going to be good it has to be based on the right information.

Consider what the Bible says about "sound" or "healthy" doctrine:

Titus 2:1

1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

we must teach what is of sound doctrine.

2 Timothy 1:13

13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Paul tells us to remember what he has told us

to keep the truth in God's word as the pattern of sound teaching

Titus 1:9

9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

we must hold firm to the trustworthy message of God's word just as it has been taught,

Sound doctrine has an encouraging and uplifting effect.

One of the reasons why reading, studying, hearing teaching and preaching from the Word of God is so beneficial is that it is very encouraging!

Sound doctrine is healthy and encourages us because it is true and trustworthy!

One of the most encouraging things we can do is pick up and read a message from the Word of God!

our spiritual health can grows weak because we are pulled down by all the discouraging things around us.

we need a constant diet of sound doctrine.

False doctrine can lead to a spiritually unhealthy lifestyle.

1 Timothy 1:8-10

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

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