One of the main points of Titus as a whole, and certainly of our passage for this morning is, in large measure, to describe the type of responses that make sense and honor God in light of this knowledge. Again, this passage is really good news for all who long to do God's will because it makes his will so plain. Let's pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit, God would be pleased to grant us knowledge of 2:11-14 such that by the power of the Holy Spirit applying 3:1-3 would be the most obvious thing in the world.
This week we're going to look at the second and third of Paul's direct address to Titus found in Titus 2. In this sermon, I want to help you see Paul's meaning in these charges and then I want to close with a series of implications for us today. Please pray with me that God would be willing to help us understand and then apply His Word to our lives in a way that reflects the glory of God, the goodness of his ways, our eager submission to his reign, and our role as instruments of grace.
While much of Titus contains instructions for the members of Titus's church, occasionally Paul steps back and speaks to Titus directly. we're going to look at a few of these passages. Elders, listen carefully. This is a glorious word from God, directed at you and I. And church, listen carefully this is a glorious word from God with significant implications for you to live in a manner pleasing to God and pleased by God. Let's pray that God would work these things in us this week.
The simplicity and scope of the gospel presentation in 2:11-14 are remarkable. It begins with the good news of the first coming of Jesus, continues through the good news of the gospel's effects in this life, and finishes with the good news of Jesus' return. There is amazing grace in this passage. Let's pray that God would make the amazingness of this grace plain to us. And let's pray that God would cause us to live in the life and light won by Christ and described in this passage.
Having seen (in the past two sermons) the importance of understanding God's unique design for Christian womanhood and the biblical boundaries of women's ministry, we're left asking what life and ministry looks like inside these boundaries? What types of things will we do to help women to grow in following Jesus in the ways that are unique to them as women? How will we help the women of Grace embrace the unique roles given to them by God to help other women grow in Christ?
These are among the questions Paul meant to answer in Titus 2:3-5. Let's pray, then, that God would grant all of us a significant love for, joy in, and commitment to women's ministry inside the good boundaries of God. And let's pray that God would grant us swift understanding and application of this passage for the glory of God and the good of the women of Grace.