Manifesting the Gospel Through the Church - Call the Men
Topic: Exposition Scripture: Titus 1:5–1:9
Manifesting the Mission and Message of Jesus
Order vs. Organized Religion
The Church Must Address the Men
Men in our Culture?
Men in the Church?
5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—
6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.
7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Community Meditation Questions
- What is the fear that many of us have about “organized” religion?
- Why did Paul think ordering the church and appointing elders was both good and necessary for God’s people?
- What do you think of pop cultural representations of men? How does the picture of an elder in Titus 1:5-9 contrast with this?
- Why are more men not involved in local churches? What can a church community do to encourage and build up young men?
- What can happen when men are passive and will not lead in their families and in the church? What are the results of domineering and arrogant men on families and communities?
- Why is it so important to have elders of sound character in the church?
- Why do you think Paul focuses so strongly on teaching and sound doctrine for the role of elders?