Teaching for a Change

13. November 2013 Titus 0

Text: Titus 2:1-10
Theme: Paul gave specific goals for teaching various groups.
Key verses: “You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith…Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live…They they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure…Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity…Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything…to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
What God said to me: Teaching for results…Dwayne, you can’t settle for less than that. Paul wanted Titus to do more than merely lecture his flock. He wanted Titus to affect real-life change in them. Instruction of this caliber requires creativity, repetiveness, and determination. It’s hard work, no way around it. Paul didn’t say tell them how to be; he said, “Teach them to be…” When the people you are attempting to teach begin acting like they are getting it; when they begin to change in their actions and attitudes, then and only then will you know you are getting through to them and truly teaching them. Also, it’s important to note that different groups need different emphasize in teaching. Older men’s needs are somewhat different from younger men. So it is with the women. So you must tailor your teaching to match the group(s) you are instructing. Again, mere lecturing to the entire group at once is not adequate to meet the various needs and interests. Teach for a change. Accept nothing less.
What I said to God: Holy Lord, I am so thankful I pushed ahead and met with You this morning, despite my pressing schedule. Nothing is more important than meeting You in this quiet place and hearing from Your Word. You are the ultimate Teacher, Holy Spirit. Please teach through me and through our pastor and church leaders. May we settle for nothing less than life-change that makes “the teaching about God our Savior attractive” (v. 10b).