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Preach a Sermon Through Your Actions

John Collins02/23/2012In Titus 2, Paul tells Titus how to win souls to Christ:

Speak the things which are sound in doctrine: old men should not be drunken, should not be silly or moody, and believe in Jesus Christ.  They should have love and patience.

Old women should behave in a way that shows holiness: not gossipers or false accusers.  They should not be drunken, and teach good things to others.  They should teach the young women not to be drunken, to love their husbands and love their children.  They should teach the young women to be discreet, obedient to Christ, and obedient to their husbands so that the word of God is not blasphemed.

The young men should also be sober minded, showing a pattern of good works.  They should show that they have a good doctrine that has not been corrupted by men.  They should not be silly, but sincere.  They should not say things that could be condemned, so that the unsaved would be ashamed because there is no evil thing that can be said of them.

The grace of God that brought salvation appeared to all men.  Jesus Christ taught us to deny ungodliness within ourselves, and deny our lusts.  We should not be drunken, but righteous and godly while in this present world.

We should be looking for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.  The one who gave Himself for us, so that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify a people that was different from the world, a people that loved good works.  

These are the things that we should teach others, and we should rebuke with all authority.  Let no man despise you for teaching these things!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Are these the things that we teach?  Are our old men teaching love and patience?  Are our old women gossipers?  Are they teaching the young love and obedience to Christ, or a obedience to a man?  Are the young men teaching the Gospel, or the doctrines of men?  Are we rebuking those who do not follow this with the authority of Jesus Christ?  Or are we living our lives in a way that the unsaved can find fault?