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Quality of Life. TEXt : Titus 2. “Sound doctrine” is defined in this passage as relating to practical Christian living. It brings instruction about our life to those of all ages and tells us that our lives should be characterized by:. Common Sense.
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TEXt: Titus 2 “Sound doctrine” is defined in this passage as relating to practical Christian living. It brings instruction about our life to those of all ages and tells us that our lives should be characterized by:
Common Sense • The word “sensible” (2:2; 2:5; 2:6(NASV)) indicates a person who has sound judgment • It is often translated temperate(2:2), indicating one who is not out of control due to outside influence • It is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) and is our response to God’s granting of righteousness (Acts 24:25)
II. Love • For men (2:2), the word is agape, indicating a sacrificial love (John 3:16), a love which allows growth and development in others • For women (2:4), the word is phileo, which is a reverential love, a tender love which is also translated cherish (to keep warm)(Eph 5:33)
III. Good deeds • Characterized in older men by perseverance (2:2; cf Gal 6:9) • Older women are to teach what is good (2:3) and not enslaved to leisurely pursuits (malicious gossip and drinking much wine) • Younger women are to focus on their home (2:4-5) in love, purity, subjection (proper role in chain of command)…this does not preclude work outside the home (Prov 31; 16,20,24) • Young men are to be dignified examples and adhering to the truth in doctrine (2:6-7)
IV. Faithful employees • Good representatives of the Master (2:10 cf Col 3:23) • Not stealing from their employer (2:10) • Working cheerfully, not argumentative (2:9)
So…why do we learn doctrine? So that our lives may change and mature and so that we may illustrate to the world around us the truth of God’s Word and how it can make our family lives more peaceful, more Christlike, and more of an example of righteousness.