Titus 2: Sound Doctrine

What keeps Christians from being more Christ-like?

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Titus 2:1 But you, Titus, must teach and act according to the sound truth of the gospel.
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Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

Why did the older men need to be taught to be patient and loving?

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Titus 2:2 Teach the older men to be patient and loving, even-tempered and understanding, steadfast in their faith in Christ.
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Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

In what ways might teaching women have differed from teaching men?

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Titus 2:3 Likewise, teach the older women to honor God in all they say and do, not false accusers or heavy drinkers, but teaching all that is good.
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Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

What did the older women know that the younger women didn’t know?

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Titus 2:4–5 The older women should teach the younger women how to love their husbands and children, discerning and devoted to keeping harmony in the home, caring for their husbands’ needs, bringing honor to God’s word.
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Titus 2:4–5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

What are some of the important truths that older men should teach younger men?

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Titus 2:6–7 In the same manner, encourage the young men to use wisdom in all they do, setting a good example for others, showing how to be like Christ, really caring for people.
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Titus 2:6–7 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

What can make some teaching ineffective and embarrassing?

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Titus 2:8 So you will not be embarrassed by those who oppose you, support your teaching with self-evident truth and sound reasoning that cannot be argued against.
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Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

What kind of truth is so self-evident and sound that it cannot be argued against?

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Titus 2:8 So you will not be embarrassed by those who oppose you, support your teaching with self-evident truth and sound reasoning that cannot be argued against.
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Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

Why should Christians do more than what is expected of them?

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Matthew 5:15–16 “People do not light a lamp and hide it under a bowl. It is placed on a stand to give light to everyone in the house. In the same way, you should let your kindness shine before men so they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”
Mark 4:24–25 “Believe me, the measure you give will be the measure you get. Even more knowledge will be given to those who listen carefully. But those who are not listening will lose what little understanding they have.”
Luke 6:38 Give, and you will not have to worry about receiving. You will receive a full measure, packed down, shaken together, and spilling into your lap. The measure you give determines the measure you will receive.”
Titus 2:9–10 Encourage servants to obey those in authority, without argument seeking to please them in every way, not taking anything for themselves. Servants who exceed expectations are a credit to the teaching of God our Savior.
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Matthew 5:15–16 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Mark 4:24–25 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Titus 2:9–10 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

Why will a majority of people take the broad road to destruction, turning down their opportunity for eternal life?

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Matthew 7:13–14 “Enter through the small gate. For many take the wide gate and broad road that lead to destruction. Only a few find the small gate and narrow road that lead to life.”
2 Thessalonians 2:11–12 God will allow them to embrace lies as if they were the truth, deceiving themselves, so they will be condemned for rejecting the truth for pleasure in wrongdoing.
Titus 2:11 God’s saving grace is available to all who want to receive it.
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Matthew 7:13–14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
2 Thessalonians 2:11–12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

What reasons do we have to believe in a reward we’ve not yet seen?

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Psalm 34:8 Taste the Lord’s goodness and you will want more. In all things, trust him, and you will be blessed.
Mark 10:28–30 Simon Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you.”
Jesus said, “Those who have sacrificed their homes, relatives, or possessions for my sake and for the good news will receive a hundred times more and will have eternal life.”
John 20:29 “Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen me, yet believe.”
Titus 2:12–13 We learn the benefit of being Christ-like, living righteously in an ungodly world, abandoning what selfish, self-serving people want, looking for fulfillment of the great hope we have in the glorious appearance of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:37–39 They were stoned, sawed in half, and killed with the sword, subjected to torture and the threat of death to pressure them to recant their faith. Left in poverty, beaten and crippled, wearing the skins of sheep or goats, they wandered the wilderness and mountains, sleeping in caves and dugouts. With greater honor than those in the world, all were known for their great faith, yet they died without receiving the promise.
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Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Mark 10:28–30 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Titus 2:12–13 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Hebrews 11:37–39 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

In the process of salvation, what changes are immediate and what might take significant time?

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2 Corinthians 3:18 Like someone looking into a mirror, when we see the Lord in the glory of the new contract, we become more like him, being changed from glory to greater glory by the work of his Spirit.
Philippians 2:12 Just as you followed my advice when I was with you, much more in my absence you must be sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit, working out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Titus 2:14 Jesus sacrificed himself to save us from our rebellion, cleanse us from wrong desires, and make us part of his family, eager to do what pleases him.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, we may be God’s children, but we don’t yet know what we will become. But the more of him we see, the more we’ll want to be like him, for we shall see how great he really is.
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2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

How can we earn the respect of those who disagree with us? Of those who agree with us?

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Titus 2:15 Forcefully teach all these things, encouraging believers and rebuking the naysayers. Earn the respect of everyone.
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Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.