Living Wisely in a Foolish World (8 of 31) by John Barnett

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Living Wisely in a Foolish World (8 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
John Barnett
December 9, 2007

Titus 2 is all about discipleship-learning to live the way God wants us to live. Men and women who seek out being mentored by godly examples within the church.

Discipleship is all about following our Master Jesus Christ and learning to live by the wisdom of His Word. When Jesus called His first disciples the plan was to spend time together with Him (Mark 3:14) and learn from Him. Christ called those men to obey, follow, and learn from Him. At the end of His earthly ministry Jesus met with those disciples and told them to spend the rest of their days going into all the world and teaching those who want to follow and obey Christ, how to be learners or disciples all their days (Matthew 28:19-20). We call that the Great Commission.

Titus 2 is just one link in that discipleship mandate left to Christ's church. Discipleship begins at conversion when we are born into Christ's family, it continues as long as we continue to learn of Him. We are to become life long pupils, learners, and followers of Christ.

The New Testament believers were first called disciples (from mathetes--"a learner who follows and obeys Christ"). In Acts, as the church spread, believers took on a new name (but kept the same description) when the disciples began to be called Christians in Acts 11:26. And to the end of the New Testament this term disciple (Matthew through Acts) and Christians (Acts to I Peter 4:16) described those who had be called to obey, follow, and learn from Jesus Christ.

We are beginning our look at the third element of a grace-energized disciple of Christ as described in Titus 2-they are a sober, reverent, and temperate man who as a disciple who follows Jesus, is learning to live by Christ's wisdom.

Titus 2:1-2 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, ...

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