Today’s passage: Titus 2:6-8
- The previous verses ended with the details of older women teaching the younger. In verse 6, Paul moves back to a major spiritual growth goal for the younger men, self-control.
- In verses 7-8, Paul is again speaking to Titus, serving as a pastor/elder in the church.
- Pastors are to teach and train the church to do the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13). This does not excuse the pastor from participating in the work however. He is to teach by word and by example.
Questions to consider:
- Looking back to the previous verses in context, how will the growth of a younger man in exercising self-control help his young bride to pursue what she is called to in verses 4-5? Why should a young man first look at his own heart and actions before seeking to correct his young bride (Matthew 7:1-5)?
- In what way is Paul saying to Titus here, “practice what you preach?”
- Why is important that a pastor speak with “sound speech?” How could careless talk and crude words hurt the cause of the gospel in the church?