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Look for Spiritual Excellence    Titus 2:1-15     May 19, 2013

 

Introduction

Spiritual excellence is not difficult to notice and it is a joy to find as we Look for Spiritual

Excellence.

 

1.   Spiritual Excellence with . . Endurance in Older Believers. 2:1-5

       A.   Endurance in Older Believers . . Sound and Sensible Teaching of Older Men. 2:1-2

1 But you must speak what is consistent with sound teaching. 2 Older men are to be self-controlled, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.

 

       B.   Endurance in Older Believers . . Sensible and Submissive Teaching of Older Women. 2:3-5

       3 In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted

       to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young

       women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be sensible, pure, good homemakers, and

       submissive to their husbands, so that God's message will not be slandered.


       Older men need to be sound in theology from their years of experiencing sound teachings and seeing the multitude of examples in the Christian community. You know back in these days only one church existed.

A multitude of different beliefs and doctrines did not exist. As a younger man it was a treat to sit around and listen to some of the older ministers talk about their experiences in the churches and how their stand for the Bible had help them during time of conflict.

 

2.   Spiritual Excellence with . . Encouragement for the Young Believers. 2:6-8

       A.   Encouragement from the Younger Believers . . Set an Example of Good Works. 2:6-7

6 Likewise, encourage the young men to be sensible 7 about everything. Set an example of good works

       yourself, with integrity and dignity in your teaching.

 

       B.   Encouragement from the Younger Believers . . Sound in Message. 2:8

8 Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.


       How can young men set and example? They pay attention to men like Paul, read the Bible and pray. Paul set a good example for Titus and he followed in the steps of Paul as he set a good example to others. It is interesting that the term “good works’ is not used until a person becomes a Christian. We are not saved by works but to do good works. How do you preach a message beyond reproach? You make sure what you say sticks to what the Bible says, or to the obvious doctrines taught by the apostles etc.. Have you ever heard someone say about a sermon well if you disagree with that you must argue with the Bible and God.

Many people love to hear about how God gives and gave; but a preacher might make folks mad if he preaches about people giving to God. During the time of the Peace Committee one of the men called me because I was on a board of trustees. I asked him how it was going and he said the laymen on the committee are being swayed to agree with us because every time one of our men answers, it is direct and has scriptural support. That is the way it ought to be.

 

3.   Spiritual Excellence from the Slaves in . . Everything. 2:9-10

       A.   Slaves Display Excellence in . . Submission in Everything to Their Masters. 2:9

      9 Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in everything, and to be well-pleasing, not talking back

 

       B.   Slaves Display Excellence by not . . Stealing, but Demonstrating Faithfulness. 2:10

10 or stealing, but demonstrating utter faithfulness, so that they may adorn the teaching of God our

       Savior in everything.


       Paul called himself a bond slave to Christ and if every slave in his day would follow his example of submission they would certainly not have a problem with their master. It would be a temptation to steal from the slave owner because of how they saw such a contrast in wealth and possessions. Paul tells them to demonstrate utter faithfulness to the Savior in everything. By doing this they were told they were adorning the teaching of the Lord.

 

4.   Spiritual Excellence in all . . Encouraging Believers to Live Righteously. 2:11-15 

       A.   All Believers Encouraging Others To Live Righteously and Forsake . . Godlessness. 2:11-13

11 For the grace of God has appeared, with salvation for all people, 12 instructing us to deny godlessness

       and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, 13 while we wait for

       the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

       B.   All Believers Encouraging Others To Live Righteously and Do . . Good Works. 2:14-15

       14 He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a special people,

       eager to do good works.

       15 Say these things, and encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. HCSB


       We will be more positive about living righteously if we forsake godlessness. It is not difficult most of the time to know what kind of opportunities we encounter that will promote good works and discourage a lifestyle

not demonstrating righteousness. Paul tells of a people who have been redeemed and eager to do good works.

Good works come from a person prompted by the Holy Spirit. It is sad that some Christians have not seen an example of one who really desires to do good works and share the message of Christ. When I Look for Spiritual Excellence I want to find people sharing their faith and motivated to do good works. Amen? Amen!