Titus 2 Lesson

Ministering To All People

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

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

Paul continues to prepare Titus for the important ministry that lies ahead of him.  Paul understands that for Titus to be effective, he needs to understand and relate to all types of people.  You get the sense that Paul was concerned for his younger brother in Christ and was trying to prepare him for every scenario that he might encounter down the road.  The love that Paul had for Titus comes through loud and clear in his writing. 

We would all be blessed to have a spiritual mentor like Paul in our lives.  As we mature in our faith, perhaps we can act as mentors to the younger Christians that God brings into our lives.      

In Titus 2, Paul provides the following instructions to Titus to help him minister to the many types of people that Titus will encounter:

OLDER MEN

  • “Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.” – Titus 2:2.

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 the young 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, “To be sensible.” – Titus 2:6.

BONDSLAVES

  • Slaves were a part of life at the time of Paul’s letter.  Paul instructs 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.

PAUL’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR TITUS

Paul instructs 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.

Understanding that different groups of people have different needs is an important part of an effective ministry.  Paul understood this as well as anybody.  In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote:

“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. 

In the last verse of that passage, Paul highlights why it is important to understand the spiritual needs of the different groups of people that Titus will be ministering to.  The goal is to save souls!  That was the goal back then, and that is the goal today. 

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. 

We will end today’s study with a look at the following three scriptures about love:

  1. “Let all that you do be done in love.” - 1 Corinthians 16:14.
  2. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” - John 3:16.
  3. “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” - Colossians 3:14.

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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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