HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

October 11/Titus 2

Verse 1 > It is a know fact that you are what you eat. Unhealthy food leads to a unhealthy body. We in a sense are a reflection of what we eat and drink. The spirit within us is also affected by what eat and that is why Paul encouraged Titus to only eat wholesome or healthy food. Of course Paul was talking about what Titus allowed to come into his mind, his heart, his soul and spirit. Paul knew that Titus’ behavior would reflect what he had been feeding on. If he was feeding on the Word of God and teaching that Word then his lifestyle would reflect that teaching. Right believing always leads to Right behaving.

What are you allowing to come into your mind? Is it truth? Is it healthy? Does it influence good behavior?

Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) — 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Verse 2 > Take the teachings of the bible and translate them into everyday living. There is a day of judgement coming where we will be judged on how we conducted our lives here on earth. Lets live like we believe that.

Our character must be such that it attracts people rather than repelling them. We must be respected in the community. When people think of us their first thoughts should be of our goodness and that we can be trusted. We should have a good reputation as opposed to a bad one.Psalm 116:5 (NLT) — 5 How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours!

Verse 3 > The word slander is the same word used to describe the devil. It means to accuse falsely. It means to oppose people. Lets not go around reflecting the character of the devil. Instead of opposing people we are to love and help them.
Heavy drinking means to be a slave to alcohol. It has a grip on you that you can’t free yourself from. You are at it beck and call. Alcohol will induce you to do things you wouldn’t do if you were sober and in your right mind.
We are to be teachers of good. This teaching is more by example then words. A person should be able to follow our example of living which will lead to a life of goodness and good deeds.
Example: If a person wanted to know how to conduct herself at work, she should be able to watch you at work and learn from your behavior.
This idea of being a teacher is not a suggestion. It is a command. Whether you like it or not you are a teacher.

Verse 4-8 > Wow what a cool way to live, not bringing shame on the word of God. How often do we wonder if our lives are bringing dignity or shame to the word of God? Does my life help to add weight to the scriptures? If people read my life will they read the same things in the scriptures? We are all an open book read by those around us. What are people reading when they read us; fiction, because we don’t live the truth or non fiction because we do live out the truth? I like a good fiction novel but life isn’t fiction and neither is the Word of God. Many people believe that the Bible is fiction but that could be because they don’t see very many people living out the Bible in real life. Hey Hilltop lets change that!

Verse 9-10 > Good godly character adds a “shine” to the teachings of Christ. People are attracted to shiny things.

Verses 11-15 > Grace saves us and grace gives us the power to be totally committed to doing good deeds > verse 14.

Grace to you my good people!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In Titus Paul is again discussing tight living because you cannot teach God and live like hell.