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Discover the Book - Oct. 28, 2007

  • 2007 Oct 28

Grace-Energized-Women are Reverent in Behavior

For the past twelve years it has been my joy to present on Mother's Day a lineup of the greatest mothers of the Bible. We have seen Hannah, Ruth, Elisabeth, Mary - the Proverbs 31 super-woman, and many others.   

This year is completely different. The passage we are heading to is Titus 2. These verses are a message from God to every single lady in this place. God has set down a pattern that every woman should strive towards. Being a Titus 2 woman of godliness should be the goal and desire of every mother for her daughters, of every husband for his wife, of every child for their mother, and of every believer for her own life. 

Titus Two is the Pattern God Gave 

If you want to be vital in Christ's church, useful in God’s Kingdom, rewarded at Christ's Bema Seat Judgment these verses are your marching orders. There is no clearer pattern for a godly woman in all of God's Word than the twelve character qualities recorded in these verses. This is what God desires, explains, and expects from obedient and godly women. 

  • If you are looking for a passage to study in depth that can change your life—here it is.  
  • If you want a special passage to memorize and meditate upon that can transform your thinking and life’s direction—here it is.  
  • And, if you want to go through life confident that you are doing exactly what God wants you to do each day—here it is. 

Most of us struggle with purpose, wondering if our days are spent wisely.  

Titus 2 contains a lesson from God that you don’t have to go away to a far away place to accomplish. You do not have to get financial support to start, you don’t have to have any spectacular gifting; all you need is to love and follow the Lord and you can start down the Titus 2 track. 

Now lest any of us men start feeling badly about such a wonderful way for women to invest their lives—there is an equally clear 12-part mandate for Titus 2 men which we will study together on Father’s Day, so just hold on for that.  

As we open our Bibles to Titus 2:1-8, listen to the very voice of God speaking not to a select few, but to every man, woman, and child here today.  

God is asking each of us to live in such a way that our life can become a pattern of His grace that can be used to mentor, encourage, coach, tutor, teach, train and guide another’s life towards Him.  

There is nothing greater in life than to be useful for God! 

Christ's church was born into a sin-warped, sin-darkened world of mixed-up marriages, sin-scarred lives, and confused families.  

But men and women who were gloriously saved did not automatically become great wives and mothers, or husbands and fathers. When they came to Christ and were forgiven, God graciously gave them everything they needed to become godly wives, mothers, husbands, and fathers. But, they needed something else.  

These new believers needed coaching, training, modeling, and encouraging in a one-on-one relationship. Godly behavior is a series of choices; and those men and women had to be nurtured in daily skills that would lead to loving marriages and families. 

Christ's method for the training of these new converts was two-fold. They gathered for a group session as an entire church body. The Scriptures were faithfully taught, and they were fed healthy doctrine for spiritual growth. That group teaching of the gathered church was vitally performed by the called and gifted pastors of Christ's church; but side-by-side with that didactic teaching of God's Word that fed Christ's flock weekly, was another equally vital ministry which we find captured for us in Titus 2. 

Christ's Church Used Coaches in Godly Living 

Christ's church grew strong in those early years because everyone in His church knew what they were each supposed to be doing. Each man knew how a godly man was to live his daily life (Titus 2:1-2, 6-8); and each woman knew how a godly woman was to live her daily life (Titus 2:3-5). 

Christ's church grew into the potent force for changing the world in the quiet nurturing sessions that Titus 2 men and women performed in practical discipleship. Just as important as the preaching and teaching of the doctrines of God's Word was the modeling and nurturing of individual saints through practical hands-on lessons in godly living. 

The building blocks of Christ's church are Spirit-filled men and women whose lives are given daily as obedient servants of God. Since all of us in this auditorium are either men or women, it is imperative to know what God has to say to what pleases Him in the life of a man or woman. 

God wants men and women that will mentor, nurture, and coach godly living for His church. These individuals believe that God has called them to touch one life at a time for His glory. 

When God gets to pick the curriculum for His Church, what does He choose to be taught? He lays down twelve vital, godly character qualities for women and twelve vital, godly character qualities for men. 

  • In Titus 2:1-2 God lays down six non-negotiables for godly older men in the faith to model by their lives.
  • In Titus 2:3-4 God has actually laid down five non-negotiables in the lives of great women role models.
  • In Titus 2:4-5 God describes the seven non-negotiables that each younger woman needs to learn, that has already been mastered by their older women in the faith role models.
  • In Titus 2:6-8 God finally sets down six non-negotiable character qualities that will be embraced by every young man who wishes to be godly and useful for Christ's church. 

Our focus will be upon the character God seeks to see developing in every woman in this church. 

This sermon will be continued tomorrow October 29th as we look at “Twelve Godly Characteristics of Highly Useful Women.” 


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