by John Barnett

Living Wisely in a Foolish World
Series: Grace Energized Men
John Barnett
Titus 2:2c

As we open to Titus 2, listen as God speaks through Paul to each of us today, expressing exactly what He wants us to be. Paul wrote out this curriculum for Titus, it was to be taught to every person in the church as a personal map to a life of pleasing God. This letter explains the specific ways that men, women, boys, and girls can choose to obey Christ by responding to His Word.

God's Word carefully lays out the vital qualities of life, chosen character habits that are the pathway to highly useful living. To be a highly useful tool in God's Hands, and to live a highly rewarded life, God wants these qualities to become your life-priorities. They begin in verse 2:

Titus 2:2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; NKJV

Six Desires for Every Man

We are examining the 24 Spiritual Qualities God is looking for today in Christ's Church. He has written down His clear and defined expectations and as we read Titus we find that means that: God has Six Desires for each godly man of maturity. Those six desires are framed by these six descriptions God sent. He said these highly useful men are:

1. "Sober" as this Greek word nephalious is rendered in the KJV and NKJV; or "Sober-minded" is the way that the ESV renders it; and "Temperate" is the rendering you find in both the NIV and the NAS. The only church-wide curriculum for men starts with this word God chose that communicates the quality of: MAINTAINING A BALANCED LIFE IN AN OBSESSIVE-COMPLUSIVE WORLD. In other words, they choose to live a life a life balanced by God's Word in an unbalanced world.

2. "Reverent" as this Greek word semnous is rendered in the NKJV; or "grave" in the KJV; or "worthy of respect" in the NIV; or "dignified" as both the ESV and NAS translate it. This word God chose communicates the quality of: GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT GOD IN AN AMUSED WORLD. Th ...

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