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Gospel-Living, Pt. 3

January 20, 2013 Speaker: Brent Small

Passage: Titus 2:1–2:2

In this sermon podcast on Titus 2:1-2; Pastor Brent unfolds two “aspects” of the call to older men to live out the gospel.

In his letter to Titus, Paul had given Titus three directives to restore spiritual health to the churches on the island of Crete. In chapter 1, Titus’ first directive was to establish godly leadership in each local church.

Beginning in chapter 2, Paul now focuses on his second directive to Titus, which was to teach and model sound doctrine. Titus was to teach the older men and women behavior fitting for sound doctrine so that they could teach the younger men and women. Titus was also to instruct slaves in behavior fitting for those who had believed in the gospel.

Throughout this chapter Paul has a specific point in mind: Those who have embraced the gospel by faith must live a life consistent with the message of the gospel. Every believer is to engage in gospel-living.

In verses 1-2, Paul begins with older men. He instructs Titus in the behaviors and attitudes that older men should be living out if they are to live out the gospel. Paul also expands our understanding of what it means to live out the gospel. Older men and all believers are to live lives that are in accordance with sound doctrine.