July 7, 2019
In Titus 2:4-8, Paul turns his attention to younger men and women and what sort of conduct accords with sound doctrine. And twice he answers the question, “Why?”
“that the word of God may not be reviled (5)”
“so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us (8)”
There are other reasons why younger men and women should conduct themselves in these ways, but here Paul has in mind our witness to the watching world. He says our conduct has the potential to turn people off to the gospel, even leading them to revile the word of God!
There are already reasons the world will revile God’s word – it exposes our sin, it calls us to submit to God, our hearts are hard toward God already as a result of sin. But what a tragedy if the conduct of those who claim to belong to Christ invite the watching world to discount God’s word as nonsense or worse, as evil!
Rather, Jesus calls us to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).”
This Sunday, Randall Gruendyke will be preaching from Titus 2:4-8 and Walt Harrah will be leading our sung worship. Would you read the passage this week and pray for each as they prepare and for all who will be at Grace for each of these services?
See you Sunday. Come hungry!