Paul, having laid out the incredible seriousness of leadership, the requirements of understanding, he now becomes more practical. Paul tells Titus what he should teach, to whom he should teach and how he should teach. And this gives us a guide for today.
To Whom We Should Teach: Everyone! Titus was like Timothy – young! Yet he was to teach older men, older women, young men and young women. His age was not the determiner of whom he could instruct and teach – but his ability to teach and his walk with God. We must not go into leadership thinking, “I am only a youth minister and can only minister to youth.” If you claim the title ‘leader’ you should be able to minister in ALL situations to ALL people. You should be as comfortable in a vestry meeting as in the youth room. Maturity in Christ is not age dependent – but too often we slip into the idea that I can only minister or lead in certain situations or to a select group.
How Should We Teach: Paul tells Titus to set an example by doing what is good – with integrity. Hypocrisy occurs when our words and our actions do not match. What we do is important and what we say IS important. If we are telling people to do something because it is in the Bible and then we ourselves do what we said we should not do, it will invalidate your words and take away your integrity.
A strong advocacy for Christianity should be the quality of the lives of its leaders, the spirit of their service and the content of their message.
How do we achieve this level? Through the teaching of sound doctrine! Do you know that the early church would require up to 3 years of instruction before a new convert could be baptized and admitted into full fellowship of a church. This is why so many were martyred during persecution – they understood and KNEW what was true.
Also, there should be a level of dignity in how we teach. Of course anecdotes and illustrations are useful and necessary but preaching and teaching can NEVER be entertainment. V7 says our teaching should be with integrity and dignity (some other translations use seriousness). When we teach from the Bible or talk about Doctrines, we are claiming to speak on behalf of God.
This is one of the most sobering issues – to teach or lead in any sense is to say that we speak on behalf of God himself. That should scare us.
John Stott said People will not take serious subjects seriously unless there is a due seriousness in the speakers manner and delivery.
And Richard Baxter wrote: whatever you do, let the people see that you are in good earnest. You cannot break peoples heart by jesting with them.
Matthew 12:36 says: I tell you,(A) on the day of judgment(B) people will give account for(C) every careless word they speak.
Speaking about and on behalf of God has consequences – eternal consequences.