In Titus 2:1-10, Paul teaches that our daily existence should fit with the gospel. Titus should teach “what accords with sound doctrine.” Our lives should fall in line with the gospel. The Christian walk should shine with the glory of gospel as its transforming power is worked into the church by the Holy Spirit.
1. Healthy Teaching
This is true because faith in Christ produces love in our lives (see Galatians 5:6). This is the case because our faith in Christ puts us under his authority as Redeeming King and under the Father’s authority as Creator. Healthy teaching leads me to recognize that the earth and everything in it belong to God (Psalm 24:1), and by faith I submit gladly to him.
2. Life on Life Discipleship Makes a Healthy Body
From the instructions of Paul to Titus regarding the life of the church, there are 6 ideas we should apply to ourselves and our life together as a church:
Healthy members are particular and local, not abstract and universal.
Healthy members learn from each other.
Healthy members live in love for weaker brothers and sisters.
Healthy members aren’t obsessed with their rights.
Healthy members recognize their unique responsibilities and callings in God’s kingdom.
Healthy members beautify the gospel.
Reflection & Application Questions
Why is there such a biblical emphasis on faith producing love (Gal. 5:6; 1 Tim. 1:5)?
Do you know the Apostle’s Creed? Have you memorized it? Meditated on it? Take a few moments and read it over. Consider memorizing it and making it part of your devotional life. See New City Catechism Q31.
The Christian faith says that we are under authority. Do you live as under authority? In what ways is this normal for you? In what ways do you need to grow in submission to God?
Life on life discipleship requires relationships with others. What discipling relationships are in your life? How have these helped you or others to grow?
Do you willingly live in love and give up your rights for the sake of others? What’s one way you should grow in this?
What are your responsibilities and callings in God’s kingdom? Do you gladly embrace these?
Does your life beautify the gospel? In what ways does it? In what ways does it fall short?