I am looking forward to Family Camp at Camp Elim in Woodland Park, Colorado, on May 25-27. I get to preach five messages — and I’ve chosen the theme of the spiritually-healthy family (from the epistle of Titus).
Let’s read carefully the second chapter of Titus:
We have already seen that the spiritually healthy family cares deeply about the local church and that, secondly, it recognizes false teaching in its many forms and opposes it (1:10-16).
Let’s notice thirdly in this chapter that —
The spiritually healthy family —
III. Appreciates and Applies the Clear Instructions of God’s Word (2:1-10)
God’s Word is very specific in speaking to specific groups:
A. The Older Men (vv. 1-2)
Notice the qualities that “older men” are to work on: to be temperate; worthy of respect; self-controlled; and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
B. The Older Women (vv. 3-5)
Who’s going to admit that they belong in the category of “older women”? Personal qualities: They are to be reverent, not slanderers or addicted to much wine. Teaching responsibilities: to teach what is good, urging the younger women to love their husbands and children.
C. The Younger Women (vv. 4-5)
The “younger women” are to focus on family obligations and personal qualities (self-controlled, pure, busy at home, kind, subject to their husbands). Note the reason for the good conduct of the younger women.
D. The Young Men (vv. 6-8)
Note that self-control is the first quality of “the young men.” They are to be examples in doing what is good, in showing integrity in their teaching. They are to be marked by seriousness and soundness of speech. Note the reason for these qualities (v. 8).
E. The Slaves (vv. 9-10)
The last category are “slaves.” Here’s a good article responding to the charge that the Bible supports slavery. God’s Word regulates one’s “ownership” of slaves, recognizing that the gospel will eventually lead to freedom for slave and master! Obedience, a desire to please, and honesty are all qualities of those who are in the category of “slaves.” Note the why of these commands to slaves.
(We will continue this five-part series over the next few days)