Titus 2 Lesson

Ministering To Different Types Of People

PAUL’S INSTRUCTIONS TO TITUS

“I have become all things to all people.” 1 Corinthians 9:22

This will be the focus verse for today’s lesson as we look at Paul’s instructions to Titus on righteous living.

Paul understood that for Titus to be effective, he needed to understand and relate to all types of people .  As we read Paul’s letter to Titus, we get the sense that Paul was concerned for his younger Brother in Christ. Through his teachings, Paul was trying to prepare him for every scenario that he might encounter down the road. 

MENTORING OTHERS

Paul’s love for Titus comes through loud and clear in his writing. Spiritual mentors are an invaluable part of God’s plan, and we would all be blessed to have a spiritual mentor like Paul. 

As we mature in ourfaith, we need to be on the lookout for younger Brothers and Sisters that could benefit from our experience, the same way that Titus benefited from Paul.

CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD MENTOR

A good mentor has the following four characteristics:

  1. Somebody who believes in us,
  2. Somebody who encourages us, 
  3. Somebody who teaches us,
  4. Somebody who shows us how to grow in Christ. 

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT MENTORING OTHERS

There are several scriptures that talk about mentoring in the Bible.  Today, we will look at three of them:

  1. “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” - Proverbs 27:17
  2. “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” - Titus 2:3-5
  3. “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.  You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” - 1 Peter 5:1-5.

In Titus Chapter 2, Paul provided the following instructions to Titus to help him minister to the many types of people that Titus would encounter:

OLDER MEN

Paul’s instructions for older men were as follows:

OLDER WOMEN

  • “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine.” - Titus 2:3.

They are to teach and encourage younger women. 

YOUNG WOMEN

Young women are to:

  • “Love their husbands, love their children, be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” – Titus 2:4-5.

YOUNG MEN

Paul instructed Titus to urge the young men:

  • “Be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.” –Titus 2:6-8.

BONDSLAVES

Slaves were a part of life at the time of Paul’s letter.  Paul instructed Titus to:

  • “Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.” – Titus 2:9-10.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE

Our behavior influences those around us. We glorify God when our behavior lifts others up and reflects the love of Jesus. To that point, Paul instructed Timothy to:

  • “In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech, which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.” – Titus 2:7-8.

CONCLUSION

Understanding that different groups of people have different needs, and play different roles is an important part of an effective ministry.   Paul understood this as well as anybody and trained the younger Titus on how to be effective in his own ministry.

While each group has unique characteristics and needs, there is one common thread between them all. 

Love.   

Love for God, and love for our neighbor. 

No matter who we are ministering to, showing them the love of Christ is always the right thing to do! Showing compassion and not judgment to others opens their minds to hearing more about Jesus because they see His love shining through us. 

Paul’s teachings are something that all of us can learn from. Whether we are the one teaching, or the one being taught, it is essential that we understand God’s word and the role that we play in bringing the Gospel to others and glorifying God.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture taken from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians:

  • “To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.  To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.” – 1 Corinthians 9:20-22

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Michael

Yes! Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

"For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed." - Malachi 3:6.

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Jmack3388

How beautiful and comprehensive our Creator's plan is for us! If we are humble and obedient enough to follow it!

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