The Multigenerational Church (Titus 2:1-8) – Churches are prone to segregate groups by ages. The biblical example is quite different by modeling multigenerational relationships.
- The best protection against false doctrine is through teaching sound doctrine.
- Right belief leads to right behavior. (Orthodoxy leads to orthopraxy.)
- God’s plan for growing biblical churches is by discipling one another through multigenerational relationships.
An older man should be (Titus 2:2):
- Sober-minded – A sober-minded man is one who can make wise decisions with complete clarity of mind.
- Dignified – A dignified man is one who has earned the respect of others.
- Self-controlled – A self-controlled man is one who is not mastered by his sinful appetites.
- Sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness – The older a man gets, the more committed he should get.
An older woman should be (Titus 2:3):
- Reverent in behavior – A woman’s actions reflect her heart.
- Not slanderers – Women must be careful that their speech does not do the Devil’s work.
- Not slaves to much wine – A woman’s greatest coping mechanism should be found in her identity in Christ.
- Teach what is good – Many girls don’t know how to be women of God because no one has ever told them what that means.
A younger woman needs training in how to (Titus 2:4-5):
- Love their husbands – Don’t allow extra expectations to cause your marriage to suffer.
- Love their children – One of the greatest ways you will love your children is by loving your spouse.
- To be self-controlled and pure – Don’t depend on others to give you the things that your husband is meant to provide.
- Working at home and kind – Seek heavenly joy in the earthly tasks.
- Submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled – Telling a husband that he is good for nothing will never make him good for something.
A younger man needs training in (Titus 2:6):
- How to be self-controlled – Additional instruction is not needed for a young man who possesses self-control.
All ages should strive for consistency in (Titus 2:7-8):
- How We Live – Discipleship is often caught more than taught.
- How We Teach – Transformational discipleship needs biblical teaching and a biblical teacher.
- How We Talk – Speak in such a way that doesn’t create extra, unnecessary targets on the Church’s back.
- If you have an older example in your life that exhibits Titus 2 qualities, contact him or her and express your gratitude.
- Decide how you are going to interact with godly people who are not in your same age bracket.