Wednesday's Word

Wednesday’s Word ~ Titus 2

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Titus 2

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, andsubmissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Questions to Consider:

1. Who wrote the book of Titus? Who was the audience of the book of Titus? Which genre of biblical literature is Titus (history, poetry, epistle, etc.)? What is the theme of Titus? If you have a few minutes, read the whole book – all three chapters (the longest of which is 16 verses) – of Titus.

2. In verses 2-12 Paul addresses character attributes that certain people are to display. Who are the people, and what are the attributes he mentions for each? What are the similar or dissimilar attributes these people are to display? How does the word “likewise” (3,6) connect similar attributes?

O____ M__ (2):

O____ W____ (3):

Y____ W____ (4-5):

Y____ M__ (6):

T____ (“yourself”) (7-8):

B________ (9-10):

A__ P____ (11-12):

3. Verses 3-5 outline two very important roles for older and younger women in the church. What is the role of older women? Younger women? Examine the things older women are to teach and younger women are to learn. What are some practical ways you can carry out these instructions in your life and in the church as an older or younger woman?

4. How can we apply Paul’s instructions to “bondservants” (9-10) to our lives today? What can we learn from these verses about being a godly employee?

5. What do verses 5, 8, 10, and 14, tell us is the reason for believers to be people of godly character? What is the main idea of this chapter?

4 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Word ~ Titus 2”

  1. At what stage in life does one go from being a younger woman to an older woman? Or is this a more vague or relative definition? My close friends and I are busy, active women in our late 40s, but we each have children under 10. We are mature Christians, but we feel unsure as to our roles in our church and often either feel overlooked or overwhelmed. We’re not “young parents” and we’re not “seniors”. We have maturity and experience, but not as much time to serve in ministry as empty-nesters or retired women. Some of us are homeschoolers and most of us work part- or full-time. What are your thoughts as to our roles? We want to minister to other women in practical, biblical ways.


    1. Hi Cindy-

      Great question. I’m afraid my answer will, out of necessity, be pretty subjective. Let me just start by saying that I am also in my 40s (46), home school, and my youngest child is 12, so I’m right there with you. I’d also like to encourage you to take a look at the evening (6 p.m. Central) “soundbites” on my Facebook page for Jan. 14-17 (the one on the 17th will be at 2 p.m. Central) as they deal with this topic in more detail.

      My first answer to your question is that, generally speaking, being an “older woman” feels like it starts in the 40s. (It’s just my personal feeling. Others might think differently, and that’s certainly fine.) At that point, most of us, on average, have several years of Christian walk, biblical knowledge, work, marriage, and parenting under our belts, and when our younger friends in their 20s and 30s need an experienced ear to listen, we have been there, done that, and can offer help.

      My second answer would be that nearly every woman, whatever her age, has someone that’s younger than she is AND someone older. Ideally, we would all be teaching, helping, and ministering to younger women, and, at the same time, looking to older women to mentor and disciple us.

      I would encourage you and your friends to keep keep a few things in biblical perspective regarding ministry:

      1. If you are married and/or have children, your primary field of ministry is first to your husband and then to your children. Nurturing them, lovingly tending to their needs, and shaping and training your children in the Scriptures must take first place in your ministry hierarchy. This is not to say you can’t also serve in other ways at church or other venues, but make sure ministering to your family isn’t neglected.

      2. Faithfully attending and serving in your home church comes next (parachurch ministries or other ministries outside your home church come after faithfulness to your home church).

      3. Often, we tend to think of “ministry” as this big, huge, formal, X hours per week, change the world kind of thing. I’m going to deal with this more in my Facebook post on Sunday, but, in the meantime, consider the ministries Jesus praises Christians for in the final judgment in Matthew 25:31-40: serving their brothers and sisters in Christ by providing food, drink, and clothing. Visiting the sick and imprisoned. Welcoming strangers into the fellowship. Those are all very simple and small things, but praiseworthy in the eyes of God. You’re probably already doing “ministry” without even realizing it.

      4. You may have a full plate at this season in your life, and that’s OK. Don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty or pressured over that. If you’re ministering to your husband and children, and showing the love of Christ at work, and faithfully attending your church, and after that, you’re exhausted and have no more time, that’s OK. There will be opportunities here and there to share the gospel with a co-worker, take a meal to a sick friend, watch someone’s child so she can keep an appointment, etc., and ALL of those kinds of things are ministry.

      Finally, on a more practical level, one of my Facebook followers asked a question similar to yours. Here was my answer to her:

      Women are free to participate in, or even lead, any ministry that doesn’t require them to instruct men in the Scriptures or place them in authority over men. Just a very few examples: teaching women or children, visiting people in the hospital, working in your church’s food pantry or clothes closet, welcoming visitors on Sunday morning, mopping the floor in the fellowship hall, decorating, visiting folks in the nursing home, wedding liaison duties, starting an after school tutoring ministry for latchkey kids, making meals for those who are ill, taking a turn in the nursery, evangelism, even answering godly young women’s ministry questions on your Facebook page :0)

      I hope this helps :0)


      1. This helps so much – thank you. I needed to be reminded of the priority order of this season of my life. I do feel pressure from women at church who think I should have time for several other commitments (I’ve even been reprimanded that I have “let Satan keep me away” from events like baby showers…) so, after a while I’ve started to think that I’m not trying hard enough. But my husband and daughter each have unique special needs and they need the support and time that I give them. They are my main ministry. I do many of the “little” things that you mentioned and this was a great reminder that I am doing what God wants me to do right now. I will share your reminders with my friends; I’m sure they will be blessed (and I hope they come read your blog..!)


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