This is an old bulletin article of mine that I recently revamped and revisited in our Gateway bulletin.
This was Paul’s charge to young Titus. (Beginning in Titus 2:1) Paul believed and emphasized “soundness” and “sound doctrine” throughout his pastoral epistles. He knew and understood the importance of being “rooted and established.” So he instructs Titus to instruct and teach sound doctrine! In Titus 2:2-10 he reveals what this sound doctrine is all about.
“Teach the older men” Paul begins, “to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.” “Sound doctrine” as defined by Paul in this text is about sound and healthy behavior. It is more about how we act then what we say.
“Teach the older women” comes next. To them he details what sound doctrine means in this way:
- Be reverent in lifestyle
- Don’t be addicted to wine
- Do not slander anyone
- Teach only what is good
- Especially teach the younger women to love their husband and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to take care of their home, to be pure and submissive God’s way.
- So that God will get the glory
“Encourage the young men” Paul continues. They too should know and practice sound doctrine. For them this means:
- Being self-controlled
- Setting proper examples by doing good
- Showing integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech
- All of which cannot be condemned
Even the Christian slaves were to know and understand sound doctrine. They too were to express soundness through their behavior and interaction with others. “So that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”- (Vs. 9)
Linger over that last sentence. It says more than just a sentence full. For too long, too many have used the crutch of “sound doctrine” to justify harshness and behavior that is anything but attractive. This is exactly not what Paul is teaching us in this chapter.
Sound doctrine is about Godly behavior and healthy teaching. It is about presenting Christ through a Godly, balanced lifestyle which is attractive and appealing. It is about demonstrating the grace we teach by actually living it. Each of us- young, old, men, and women- has a particular and specific calling in accomplishing this. We should not take it lightly
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” (vs. 11) Our goal is to get this terrific message out by teaching and living “what is in accord with sound doctrine.”