Summary: Words Worth Hearing! - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Wise words for employees (vs 9-10)
• Perfect grace for believers (vs 11-14)
• Important words to discharge (vs 15)
• 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"
• 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.
• 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.