How You Can End Hypocrisy

Part of the Message series in Titus

INTRO

  • “Circle of Love” / Review
  • Today: Maligning the Word of God / this applies to you
    • Hypocrisy (def)
    • “In their book unChristian, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons point to research done by the Barna Group that shows 16- to 29-year-olds who are outside of the Church have lost much of their respect for the Christian faith. Two out of every five young outsiders (38 percent) claim to have a “bad impression of present-day Christianity.””
    • 87% percent of those outside the church think it is judgmental. 85% think people who go to church are hypocritical.
    • **52% of people who go to church say churchgoers are judgmental and 47% of people who go to church think the people they go to church with are hypocritical.
    • “Our actions are way behind our words.” Deiter Zander
    • The fame of Jesus is harmed when our actions don’t match our words.
    • Jesus put it this way, “You are the salt of the earth.”
    • <review> The Gospel that isn’t lived is a powerless Gospel.
    • Not a new issue
    • Titus 2 addresses this problem in a creative way.
    • Titus (overview)
      • These commands are written to address how not to malign the word of God I the culture they live.
      • He says this four times in this chapter.

 BIBLE  

  • Titus 2:1,
    • Sound doctrine = teaching of Jesus
    • Great Comm: “Teach them to follow my commands.” (Matthew 28:20)
    • Paul doesn’t give a list of Jesus’ teachings, but rather uses different groups of people to make his point.
  • Titus 2:2, Older men
    • Late 30’s to 50’s , 56 and up just old.
    • Doctrine should always affect your behavior
  • Titus 2:3-4, Older women and younger women
    • Lot’s of confusion
    • Purpose- so that no one will malign the word of God. (old men, old women, younger women)
  • Flashback: Why is this important
    • Cretan Culture, 1:15ff, liars, evil brutes, and lazy gluttons.
    • 1:16, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. (Sound familiar?) They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.”
    • Contrast the instructions, temperate, self-controlled, kind
    • Living so differently would help them stand out for Jesus in a positive way.
  • Two issues:
    • Busy @ home
      • Busy = “take care of your homes” so that the God will not be maligned.
      • Two reasons:
        • Rome would ban religions (Bacchae)
          • Women attracted to new religion because they often empowered women (Christianity did this). Women property back then of husbands.  Christianity husbands love wives.
          • Possibility of seen as corrupting women.
        • Personal: When you decorate your home and care for your home are you more concerned how it reflects you or reflects Jesus? <>
        • Am I taking care of my home with an “eye” of representing Jesus?
  • Subject to Husbands
    • A willingness to serve and show respect.
    • Devoted to the one you have committed your life too.
    • Men are more prone to show love when they are shown respect.
    • Am I respecting my husband so that Jesus’ fame will not be harmed?
  • Attach the behavior with the purpose:
    • Older women should not be addicted to much wine so that no one will malign the word of God.
    • Older men should be self-controlled so that no one will harm the fame of Jesus.
    • Younger women should be kind so that the Word of God will not be discredited by outsiders.
  • Review: A Christian’s behavior lines up with the teachings of Jesus.
  • Titus 2:6-8
    • Younger men (Titus is an example)
      • Up to late 20’s
      • Notice the purpose of the behavior.
    • Live in such a way so that nothing bad can be said about you or Jesus.
  • Titus 2:9-10
    • APP: Work
    • Purpose: Make the teaching of Jesus attractive.
      • Employees should not back talk so the teaching of Jesus will be attractive.
    • IN NT- Christians are called to submit
      • Subit to each other, wives to husbands, husbands to Christ, employees to bosses, citizens to governments.
      • Why? To make the teachings of Jesus attractive!
    • Am I working in a way that beings fame to Jesus?

APPLICATION

  • Why do this? Titus 2:11-14
    • The salvation of God has appeared to all people. <>
    • Our behavior means so much more than what we say.
  • Matthew 5:13, You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Review)
  • How do you make salt salty again.. you can and Jesus tells us. He just switches metaphors.
  • “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
  • APP: You make salt salty again by doing good deeds. Actions speak louder than words.
    • This is way our activity in the community is so important! <>
    • To reclaim what we have lost in influence in our culture we must understand, our actions speak louder than words.
    • Do not malign the word of God. Make the Gospel attractive in how you behave.
  • “Make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

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