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Summary: Words Worth Hearing! - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info

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SERMON OUTLINE:

• Wise words for employees (vs 9-10)

• Perfect grace for believers (vs 11-14)

• Important words to discharge (vs 15)

SERMON BODY:

ILL:

• A young minister, with very small children,

• Preached to his congregation on the theme,

• "10 ways to raise good and godly children ",

• Some years later, with his children entering their teens,

• He returned to his theme, but the same sermon was entitled:

• "10 suggestions for raising good and godly children".

• Several years later, with his children now in their late teens,

• The sermon got another airing, this time presented as,

• "Feeble hints for fellow strugglers"

• TRANSITION:

• Chapter 2 of Titus is about family relationships;

• It is about how we get along with each other in the family of God – the Church.

• We noted last week that in the first eight verses of chapter 2;

• The apostle Paul gives advice primarily to four different groups;

• 1st group: Wise words for older men (vs 2).

• 2nd group: Wise words for older women (vs 3-4).

• 3rd group: Wise words for young women (vs 4-5)

• 4th group: Wise words for young men (vs 6-8).

We noted that the apostle Paul:

• Is not saying these things mentioned only apply to that particular group,

• Because the principles mentioned will probably apply to all Christians;

• But here in these verses;

• The apostle gives an added emphasis to these particular groups.

• It is as if he saying these truths are for everyone;

• But then highlights and underlines them for certain age-groups.

• Who may struggle in certain areas or who needed some things emphasised.

Note:

• In verses 9-10 we have another particular group of people mentioned;

• I would like to have included them in my talk last week but time would not allow.

• So in verses 9-10 the next group of people mentioned are Christians who are slaves!

• Today we would apply these principles to employer – employee relationships.

RE: A QUICK WORD ON SLAVERY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:

• Neither Jesus nor any of the apostles (including Paul),

• Is recorded as saying anything in opposition to the institution of slavery.

• Slavery was very much a part of life in Judea, Galilee,

• And in the rest of the Roman Empire during New Testament times.

• The experts tell us that as much as two thirds of the Roman empire were slaves;

• And before the first century it was as high as 90%.

• Now slavery in the first century was quite different;

• Than slavery as we think of it early American or English history.

• For one thing, Roman slaves were either taken as the spoils of war;

• Or were such because they sold themselves into slavery (known as "bond-servant").

• They were often well-educated and given apprenticeships and internships.

• And often it was the slave that was the "tutor" or "guide" of the masters children.


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