The Church As It’s Supposed To Be: Titus 2:1-15
A continuation of our study on the topic "The Church As It Was Supposed To Be"
Sound Doctrine Defined Part #1 Titus 2:1-15
1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9 Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
I hear some people in churches calling for “Sound” doctrine. Some of these people are often very argumentative and at times un-loving. It is interesting that in chapter one Paul cautions Titus not to be arrogant and arguing about myths and that sort. But what makes doctrine sound? Is it knowing what theological words mean? Is it knowing where all the key concepts and stories are in the bible? For sure, doctrine is foundational to everything we believe about the gospel. Many say that doctrine doesn’t matter, just love, but that in of itself, is a doctrine.
There is no doubt that Elders are to guard against false teachers as we saw in chapter one, and thus need to have a certain acumen for teaching the truths of the bible, but in our passage it is interesting that “Sound Doctrine” seems to coincide with the behavioral result of that knowledge. He starts in on roles of men, women, young men young men, employers and employees. He talks about family as the application of sound doctrine. We could learn everything there is to know about the bible, and yet never do what it asks us to do. By the way, Paul in no way is advocating slavery. His writings regarding freedom in Christ (Especially as seen in Galatians and Philemon) negate that nonsense. Paul’s topic is order in the church at that time, and how we are to act in obedience to God. This letter is not a call to social action, but one of order within the churches we plant. However, with that said, the gospel itself calls for equality and freedom for all, and was appealed to during Britain’s and America’s end of their gross practice of forced slavery.
Note too that in V. 10 this all is done to exult and “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.” All of our actions should result in God’s glory, motivated by His love for us, and then our return love for what He has done for us.
Questions For Study
- What is “Sound” doctrine?
- Why is sound doctrine important?
- How does the family structure and the workplace coincide with sound doctrine?
- Why does all of this matter?