THE DOCTRINE-DRIVEN CHURCH!

Titus 2:1-15 KJV But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine… Following through with the previous warnings about heretical teachings, the apostle now contrasts the false teachings with that which should be the result of following sound doctrine. Titus is exhorted to mould and channel the believers’ behavior and character along the lines of action that are built on healthy teaching. A church is defined by its doctrines. Jesus underlines the importance of doctrine when He said: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:24-29 KJV Sound doctrines faithfully followed, are the foundations of the believer’s faith. They may not usually be seen, but they are essential to support the rest of the believer’s life, and their real value and importance become manifest when the believer faces up to the storms of life. Storms can be raging like a hurricane and a tsunami, or they can be creeping in silently in the night and subtly trying to erode the faith. However, a life built on sure foundations will stand and remain sure when everything else around it collapses and comes crashing down. The preacher should be constantly preaching and teaching for change. A believer’s life is a life of constant change and alignment with the doctrine of God!

A military word exemplifying the steadfastness and courageously standing despite all the assaults of the enemy “…and having done all to stand…” Doctrinal characteristics of Older Women 1. Not false accusers – Do not be a slanderer. to love their husbands. good. 8 Sound speech. and rebuke with all authority. 9 Whosoever transgresseth. Not given to much wine. denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. 5 To be discreet. gravity. that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed.Steadfast endurance under pressure. Teachers of good things – Teach by actions. that we lose not those things which we have wrought. but that we receive a full reward.Doctrinal characteristics of Older Men 1. and purify unto himself a peculiar people. that cannot be condemned. Live as an example of sobriety and quietness. Temperate . Such men become towers of strength and encouragement to others 5. instruct and train. 13 Looking for that blessed hope. Teach. sincerity. chaste. It is not a shame and a sign of weakness to be the type of woman God expects you to be. Mentor them. Remind them of the dignity of womanhood and that they do not have be imitators of men and poor imitators at that.Doctrinal application produces a sound mind which avoids temptation to gossip or indulge in mental attitude sins and will over time produce this stable and calming character trait. 14 Who gave himself for us. hath not God. we should live soberly. Behaviour as becometh holiness – Behave like a person set apart for sacred service 2. zealous of good works. to love their children. 12 Teaching us that. Titus 2:11-15 KJV 2 John 1:8-9 KJV Look to yourselves. Grave – Behaving with a dignity that earns respect and consequently a listening ear 3. . that he might redeem us from all iniquity. having no evil thing to say of you. 4. keepers at home. obedient to their own husbands. by lifestyle by proper speech…become an overwhelming influence for good That they may teach the young women to be sober. Titus 2:7-8 KJV For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. in this present world. and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ. righteously. Titus 2:4-5 KJV Be an influence by example to the younger women. Sound in endurance . 15 These things speak. and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ. Let no man despise thee. he hath both the Father and the Son. Sound in faith – Again the close adherence to sound doctrine results in strong foundations that are unshakeable and immoveable. 3. It is really not an achievement in the sight of God when a woman boasts that she can do anything a man can do and better than the men. that the word of God be not blasphemed. There is something obnoxious and repelling about such individuals. 4. Titus was also exhorted to be an example to the young men: In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness.Break away from the common practice and societies norms. and exhort. Sober .Exercising restraint in desires and maintaining moral control 2. and godly. Sound in charity – Love in action for action speaks louder than words or all our spiritual platitudes 6.

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