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Titus 2 – Sermon Outline

By God’s grace, salvation makes us alive unto good works, through sound doctrine.

  1. Teach sound doctrine (vv 1-10)

    • Older men (v2)
    • Older women (3)
    • Young women (4)
    • Young men (v6)
    • Slaves (v9)
  2. How to teach sound doctrine (v7)

    • Show integrity
    • Possess Dignity
    • Have Sound speech
  3. Doctrine of Salvation (v11-14)

    • God brings salvation for all people (v11)
    • Through Jesus Christ (v13)
  4. Doctrine of Sanctification (vv 12-15)

    • Negative – Renouncing ungodliness and worldly passions (v12)
    • Positive – Live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives (v12)
    • Be zealous for good works (v14)

Emphasis: The same power that saves is the same source for sanctification.

Preceding text: People were being deceived in the church because others were leading them astray. They professed to know God but the evidence was in their works.

Following text: Our salvation in Christ is too great to not be zealous in good works. Devote yourself to good works for the cause of Christ.

Theme: By God’s grace, salvation makes us alive unto good works, through sound doctrine.
The Gospel:

  • God brings salvation for all people who believe in Jesus Christ (v11, 13)
  • God extends grace and mercy to sinners (v14)
  • God redeems his people for his own possession (v14)

Paul’s aim: Paul’s aim is to strengthen and mature believers through sound teaching so that they understand the doctrines of salvation clearly and will not be led astray.

  • Be zealous for good works because God has provided us salvation in Christ.
  • Sound doctrine keeps us from falling into traps and snares, therefore, be a student of your Bible and draw near to God.

Teach Sound Doctrine

But as for you, teach what accords with sound[a] doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Bondservants[b] are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Footnotes:

  1. Titus 2:1 Or healthy; also verses 2, 8
  2. Titus 2:9 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport

Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport

by Richard J. Mouw
Review by Jacob B. Mansfield

Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport coverI’m not a very good historian but Richard Mouw had made me feel as though I were walking in the footsteps of some of the great men of Christendom. In this relational book, Mouw attempts to debunk the common negative conceptions of Calvinism by relating the Doctrines to the historical contexts of Dutch Reformed traditions like the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort, and giving them a modern day language for the lay person to communicate with.

To make connections with people today, Mouw argues that Calvinists must shift their focus from what they believe to how they live. He is not concerned with producing another 500 + page book over each doctrine of the TULIP, they have plenty of those already. Rather he is focused on using those doctrines to shape the relationships of our lives.

Pro’s:

I enjoyed this book because it brings a softer side to what is commonly misunderstood as a stoic understanding of scripture. Mouw does a good job of attempting to bridge that gap between the theologian at his desk and the 20 something college students returning home from a weekend of debauchery in Las Vegas.

Con’s:

Mouw tends to be a little wishy-washy with his exegesis. There are a few areas where I questioned his ability to take life lessons from the Bible or take life lessons from experiences. Mouw tends to err on the side of life experiences and it comes out in this book. He uses terms like, “spiritual hunch”, to describe the salvation of his friends who currently do not claim Christ as their savior but may change their minds once they die and meet Christ, reference bottom of page 87. These statement alone make me question other areas of this book and his theology.

Overall, I would not suggest this book to anyone who is a babe in the faith, I don’t think it would help at them grow at all. However, I might suggest this book to someone who has a clear understanding of Total Human Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and the Perseverance of the Saints, but needs a reminder of God’s grace in relating to us when we were sinners.

– J. Mansfield