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How to be a Christian woman in a Secular World

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SERIES: “How To’s” of the Christian Life
TITLE: “How to be a Christian woman in a Pagan world”
TEXT:
ETS: Paul commands Titus to instruct concerning Christian home life.
ESS: Women of today need the timeless teaching of scripture.
OSS: Christian women will be challenged to be what God intends for them to be.
PQ: What is the role of the Christian woman of today?
UW: Decisions
Introduction:
1 As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.
2 Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.
Titus 2:3–5 HCSB
In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.
Titus 2:3–5 HCSB
In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.
3 In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. ⌊They are⌋ to teach what is good,
3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.* Instead, they should teach others what is good.
4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,
5 to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes,* to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God
4 so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,
* 2:3 Greek be enslaved to much wine.
* 2:5 Some manuscripts read to care for their homes.
5 to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.
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Chery Webster overheard her eighteen-month-old daughter rehearsing some noises she had learned. The little girl said, "Sheep . . . baaa. Cow . . . mooo. Doggie . . . woof woof. Mama . . . no, no, no!" (* Christian Parenting Today, July/ Aug. 1992, p. 67)
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I- MAINTAIN A LIFE THAT GLORIFIES CHRIST (VS. 2-3).

() Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.
() Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.* Instead, they should teach others what is good.
Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.* Instead, they should teach others what is good.
* 2:3 Greek be enslaved to much wine.

A. Live in a way that a saint should.

ὡσαύτως= in like manner, likewise... the previous qualities plus some additional ones. The term indicates that the verb forms, which are lacking in the exhortations to the older women, are to be supplied from the exhortations to the “older men” given previously.[1]
Πρεσβύτιδας = older, aged woman
Πρεσβύτιδας = older, aged woman
καταστήματι= deportment, demeanor, behavior. The term translated “in the way they live” indicates the outward expression of an inner character.[2]
The term translated “in the way they live” (katastēmati)
ὡσαύτως= in like manner, likewise
indicates the outward expression of an inner character.[2]
ἐν ἱεροπρεπεῖς= in a manner befitting (worthy of) one consecrated to God.
καταστήματι= deportment, demeanor, behavior
ἐν ἱεροπρεπεῖς= in a manner befitting (worthy of) one consecrated to God.
[2] Thomas D. Lea and Hayne P. Griffin, 1, 2 Timothy, Titus, vol. 34, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 299.
1. Maintaining intimacy with Christ.
2. Filled with the Spirit ().
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,”
3. Busy about the Master’s business.
a) Ministry
(1) Like Dorcas ()
“36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. She was always doing good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became sick and died. After washing her, they placed her in a room upstairs. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and sent two men to him who begged him, “Don’t delay in coming with us.” 39 So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him to the room upstairs. And all the widows approached him, weeping and showing him the robes and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 Then Peter sent them all out of the room. He knelt down, prayed, and turning toward the body said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. 41 He gave her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive. 42 This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.”
b) Soul-winning
() “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
c) Prayer
(1) Like Anna () “36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and was a widow for 84 years. She did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. 38 At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”

B. Avoid slander

μὴ διαβόλους = false accuser, devil, slanderer.

1. Avoid speaking slander and accuizations.
() (Key: vs. 13) “9 No widow should be placed on the official support list unless she is at least 60 years old, has been the wife of one husband, 10 and is well known for good works—that is, if she has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the saints’ feet, helped the afflicted, and devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when they are drawn away from Christ by desire, they want to marry 12 and will therefore receive condemnation because they have renounced their original pledge. 13 At the same time, they also learn to be idle, going from house to house; they are not only idle, but are also gossips and busybodies, saying things they shouldn’t say.”
() 1 “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? 5 Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
2. Avoid listening to slander and accusations.
() “Don’t accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.”
3. Taking part in it only divides and destroys the body of Christ.
· Like it did at Corinth

C- Avoid intoxicants

μηδὲ οἴνῳ πολλῷ δεδουλωμένας[2]= nor enslaved (controlled) to(by) much wine
() “And don’t get drunk with wine, which ⌊leads to⌋ reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit:”
1. That which intoxicates keeps the Spirit from being in control.
2. That which intoxicates empowers the destructive fleshly tendencies.

tendencies.

D- Be a teacher of good things.

(καλοδιδασκάλους - from (kalos) and (didaskalos); a teacher of the right :- teacher of good things.)
1. In words:
a) Speak words that build up.
() “Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.”
2. In actions:
a) Do that which glorifies God.
() “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

II. HELP OTHER WOMEN TO FOLLOW CHRIST (VS. 3c-4a).

(HCSB) “They are⌋ to teach what is good, 4 so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,”

A. Teach what is good and right (vs. 3c).

καλοδιδασκάλους) what is good and right (vs. 3c).
(καλοδιδασκάλους)
1. Sound doctrine
2. Principles for living:
a) Note the principles have to do with home life (vs. 4-5). Why?
(1) Families will self-destruct without these virtues.
(2) Churches will be destroyed without strong families.
(3) The lost will remain lost without Christian examples.
(4) Society will disintegrate without the strong spiritual fiber built into Christian homes and churches.

B. Disciple the younger women in Christian living.

σωφρονίζουσιν) the younger women in Christian living.
(σωφρονίζουσιν)
1. Build relationships of trust.
2. Pattern godly living.
3. Encourage them to stay in the Word, prayer, and obedience to Christ.

to Christ.

III- FOCUS ON BUILDING STONG CHRISIAN FAMILIES (VS. 4b-5).

() “4 so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,
5 to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.”

A. Build a strong love relationship with your husband.

1. Love is a commitment for life.
2. Love is a giving relationship.
3. Love can be romantic.

B. Build up your children with love.

1. Loving children means being dedicated to their well-being.
a) Focusing on their needs instead of convenience.
2. Loving children means disciplining them when needed.
a) Loving discipline has two parts:
(1) Encouragement in doing right.
(2) Correction for doing wrong and instruction in the right way.
(HCSB) 6 Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
* Example of Timothy’s mother
() “I thank God… when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”
(3) Discipling them to follow Jesus whole-heartedly.
(a) Only preparation for eternity will really make a difference. (b) The best preparation for life is not teaching them to get along with the world, but walking with Jesus in the world.

C. Be discreet

(σώφρονας= lit. sound understanding, self-controlled).
σώφρονας) (lit. sound understanding, self-controlled).
1. Behave out of a sound understanding.
() “ Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.”
a) Has reference to being self-controlled, not governed by passions and feelings.

D. Be pure and blameless

(ἁγνὰς=free from defilements or impurities, innocent, blameless, pure, modest, holy).
impurities, innocent, blameless, pure, modest, holy).
1. Do your best to be blameless in everything.
a) The best way: obey God.

E. Keepers at home

with prudence and care).

(οἰκουργοὺς)(one who looks after domestic affairs with prudence and care).
1. Needs to focus more on home than outside interests.
a) This is counter-cultural. The world says pursue outside interests first.

interests first.

F. Be good

good and benevolent, kind, profitable, useful, up-right, virtuous).
(ἁγνὰς) (root: ἅγιος, pure, lit. judged by sunlight: good and benevolent, kind, profitable, useful, up-right, virtuous).

1. Note Solomon’s appraisal of such a woman:
() “Who can find a capable wife? She is far more precious than jewels.”

G. Be subject to your (own) husband

(ὑποτασσομένας τοῖς ἰδίοις = to be submissive, to be in subjection to your own husband).
= to be obedient, to be in subjection to your own husband).
1. Why? “…that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”(vs. 5c).

(vs. 5c).

Conclusion:
* G. Campbell Morgan’s sons (preachers) were asked “Who was the greatest preacher of the Morgan family?”
* Answer, “Mother”.
Date and Place Preached:
Sunday, May 08, 2005 @ FBC, Scott
Sunday, May 13, 2007 @ Good Shepherd BC, Youngstown, OH
Sunday, May 12, 2013 @ Southington Baptist Church—Southington, Ohio
[2] Michael W. Holmes, The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition (Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature, 2011–2013), .
[2] Michael W. Holmes, The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition (Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature, 2011–2013), .
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