“FEW portions of the New Testament excel this chapter. It may well form the creed, system of ethics, and text book of every Christian preacher. Does any man inquire what is the duty of a Gospel minister? Send him to the second chapter of the Epistle to Titus for a complete answer.” (Adam Clarke)
This week we will look at Titus’ command to teach sound doctrine, what to teach and to whom, and the place of grace in the Christian life.
Titus’ command to preach sound doctrine (2:1)
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:”
This sets Titus apart from the people described at the end of Titus 1. They may teach legalism and fables, but Titus was to teach the things which are proper for sound doctrine.
Sound doctrine produces right living. We can’t escape it. The Bible is a book that tells us how to live. It is the height of hypocrisy to say that we believe its truth if we ignore how it tells us to live our lives. We don’t always like it, but we always need to hear how God expects us to live.
Paul simply wants Titus to fulfill the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20: “…Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”
It is the duty of Pastors to teach sound doctrine. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Church doctrine, prophets, wise men, have incorrectly interpreted God’s clear teaching. Thus, deceiving their people with heresy.
The only way that we as believers in Christ will know what correct doctrine is, is to know what the Bible says. To do that we must be willing to read it, study it, meditate on its precepts, and obey.
Thu we will look at what should be preached and to whom.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001