My notes from John Stevens’ teaching on Titus 2 at the FIEC Leaders’ Conference 2015.
Our Goal – Teaching Godly Living
We make disciples in a particular context. The context of our fallen humanity, and the context of our particular culture.
Paul is writing to Titus to urge him to make disciples by teaching the gospel so lives are transformed and these transformed lives commend the gospel to the unbelieving world and they would hear of Jesus the Saviour of the world.
One of the things the gospel does is produce godly people. The production of godly lives is an emphasis that needs to be recovered. Godliness is the essence of Christian life and the goal of our Christian ministry.
We need to teach the gospel so that it will produce godliness.
1. Who should we teach?
Answer is quite simply – everyone!
Titus is to make sure all of the groups (older men, older women, younger men, younger women, slaves) are taught the gospel.
Every single person is to be taught the gospel so they are furthered in their faith.
2. What should we teach?
Answer is – godliness!
Godliness is the summary of what teaching the gospel will produce.
Godliness is reverent fear for God that produces devoted serve to Him. To be godly is to be reverent and to be devoted to God’s service. This leads to a life of self control not dominated by passions and desires of the world.
Godliness is practiced in ordinary everyday lives – in the home and at work.
Are we equipping people for godliness in their everyday lives?
3. How do we teach?
Answer is – we don’t teach godliness directly.
We teach godliness by teaching the gospel and the gospel teaches people to be godly.
There are competing alternatives:
a) Legalism: teaching rules and demand human effort.
b) Antinomianism: teaching nothing about how to live.
c) Expulsivism: gain better passions and desires.
There is truth in each of them but not the complete picture.
Teach the grace of God in fullness so people are taught to say to no to ungodliness. That’s how we make disciples. Teach that to everyone so live godly lives at home or at work.