Posted: 08 September 2017
Faithful teachers, godly relationships, real hope and changed lives. These are the things which make for a healthy church according to the letter Paul sent a young pastor named Titus.
This Sunday, we are looking at the second of these from Titus 2. Here, Paul tells his young protege what he is to teach to the five different groups in his church: old men, old women, young women, young men and slaves.
We don't tend to like people who make gender or age generalisations, but the Bible teaches us that men and women, the young and old each have strengths and temptations unique to them. We don't do ourselves any favours by pretending that we are all the same. A healthy church knows this and seeks to build:
- old men who are stable and responsible (verse 2)
- old women who are wise and influential (verses 3-4)
- young women who are busy in loving their husbands and children (verses 4-5)
- young men who are self controlled (verse 6-8), and
slaves who glorify God in difficult circumstances (verses 9-10)
Why doesn't the Bible condemn slavery?
Can't wait to see you Sunday. Why not get there early, ask someone what the biggest challenge they are facing as a Christian is, and then pray with them.