Monday, February 2, 2009

The Heart of Titus 2

Gathering At the Well

In Bible times women gathered at the well for fellowship and small talk.

Today in the 21 century we still meet at the well

via the internet.

Please join us in our discussion.

Titus 2: 2-4

Urge the older men to be temperate, venerable (serious), sensible, self-controlled;

sound in the faith, in the love, and in the steadfastness and patience (of Christ).

Bid the older women similary to be reverent and devout in their deportment, as

becomes those engaged in sacred service, not slanderes or slaves to drink.

They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble.

So that they will wisely train the young women to be sane and sober-minded--

temperate, disciplined --and to love their husbands and their children;

To be self-controlled, chase, homemakers, good-natured (kindhearted),

adapting and subordinating themselves to their husbands, that the

word of God may not be exposed to reproach - blasphemed or discreadited.

Our text describes things which are proper for sound doctrine. A doctrine that is

spiriturally healthy, wholesome, and in this case, exhortation relating to godly conduct.

We will look at examples that inspire older men and older women to bear fruit.

The above scripture has played out over and over in my life. I am the oldest of four

daughters. I spent most of my elementary years in front of a blackboard teaching

the sister next to me in brith order. Our daddy required her to set and listen

while I was teaching. Thanks to me and daddy she has always hated school.

I was alway a studious type person, and the main book I studied was the BIBLE.

I would always teach my sisters to love their husbands and put them first above

their children. I would admonish them that their children would one day leave

home and if they had not kept their husbands first what would they have?

My sound teaching brought forth fruit and all my sisters have sound marriages.

I was not so fortunate. My marriage ended in divorce. I can however say that

my ex-husband and I are the best of friends. We have a business together.

We share life experiences and everyone thanks we are still married. The only

thing that we do not do together is go to church, we however do share the

Sunday message and compare notes. I can honestly say this was a divorce that

should never have happened. So my teaching has brought forth fruit in my life.

The one thing I still desire is to teach the Scriptures again in a group setting I am

somewhat doing that each monday THE WELL.


A. To love their husbands and children.....

1. To love thrie husbands (philandros), to love their children (philoteknos)

2. To have an affectionate love for both husband and children.

3. This should be natural, but sin can lead one to become unloving - Ro 1:31

4. Note that this is something the Older women can teach them - Ti 2:4

--Where such love is lacking in younger women, it can be relearned!

B. Discrete and chase.....

1. Discreet (sophron)

a. Also required of older men where it is translated as 'temperate'

b. Discreet, sober, temperate, of sound mind

c. Self-disciplined in one's freedom, self-restrained in all passions and desire

2, Chase (hagnon)

a. Pure from carnality, chase, modest

b. Pure in heart, and in life

c. In body, in affection, words and actions, having their love pure and single to their

own husbands, keeping their marriage bed undefiled

d. This conduct would be just as important for single women 1 Cor 7:34

---Young women, married or single, should be discreet and chase in their behavior

C. Homakers.....

1. Homakers (oikouros)

2. A keeper at home, one who looks after domestic affairs with prudence and care.

3. Attentive to their domestic concers, or to their duties in their families.

4. A viritous woman migh be engaged in economic affairs outside the home, but not

to the neglect of her family Pr 31: 10-31

Her duty is first to home and family, through may work outside the home id capable

(the rest we will cover at a later lesson) As a yound woman carries out her duties, she is to do so with goodness and kindness.



Whose name means "gracious, merciful; that he gives". Her trials and prayers were rewarded by God giving her a son. She was willing and did decicate her son

to the Lord. She offered a prayer of thanksgiving, that is similar to the song of

Mary. She was later blessed with three sons, and two daughters.


A beautiful orphan girl, raised by her cousin Mordecai. She became the wife of Ahasuerus, king of Persia. She risked her life to save the Jews from extinction.


The youn virgin who became the mother of our Lord. She came to understand who her son's true family was. She followed her son to His crucifixion. And later

gathered with Apostles in the upper room to be indued with Power from up high.


The wife of Aquila, who joined her husband in teaching Apollos. She was a fellow worker with Paul, and risked her own life for the gospel. It was in her home that

a church met.

Some might think that Paul's words in our text are chauvinist and outdated,

and would prevent some from attaining their potential. Yet time and experience has shown it to be sound doctrine......doctrine that is spiritually healthy,

wholesome for young women.......and that which is most beneficial in developing truly healthy families.

The question is ar we today in the 21 century willing to heed such sound doctrine,



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