Your Vision of Titus 2

Today we’re talking about the special relationship between you and another believer. It’s about a mentoring relationship that usually involves a mentor and a protégé. Generally speaking, this involves someone older than you. But it can easily be someone younger in age but has walked further than you in the spiritual journey.

 

This is God’s plan for every believer, to successfully transition from one chapter of life to the next with the assistance and encouragement of someone who has already gone through it.

 

Consider the words of Titus 2:1-3 where it says, “You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live…”

 

This is the Apostle Paul who challenges Titus to teach older believers so that they can, in turn, teach the younger believers about life and faith.

 

Your First Impression

After reading this, your first impression might be of a formal Bible study where people sit down with serious looks on their faces, studying the Word. That impression might include a serious looking teacher with an advance Bible degree. After all, each verse mentions the word “teach”: (vs.1) “teach what is in accord with sound doctrine,” (vs.2) “teach the older men,” and (vs.3) “teach the older women.” But first impressions can change, especially after a more thorough analysis.

 

First Impressions Can Change

First impressions can change, because a careful study will reveal that the setting is not as formal as first thought. The context here is not about a formal Bible teacher with serious students with notepads and #2 pencils. In fact, the circumstances are completely the opposite.

 

Instead, the situation here is more informal and casual. The picture is more of believers having conversations about life as a believer. You see, in the original language, the word “teach” is not the formal word for teaching. Rather, it is the informal word for conversation and can be translated “say.” In other words, the dynamic here is about talking, using everyday words about everyday experiences in a casual setting.

 

A Second Impression
And so, the first impression gives way to a second impression about everyday conversations about everyday life as a believer which leads to everyday applications.   And in these conversations, it is the “older” who is talking like a mentor to the younger. It’s about an older believer speaking openly and practically about God’s Word and how it fits into everyday life. And the plan is for him/her to be able to do this simply because he/she has already lived through the experiences that the younger is trying to get through now.

 

Yes, there is a place for formal teaching. But, there is a very special place for coffee shop style conversations about the Christian life. It’s java for life! It’s spiritual java shared between the older to the younger.

 

In your small group: share your personal experience of having a mentor in your life who has helped you transition into the next chapter. Share your experiences of having a protégé. This relationship can be between a parent and child. But God allows for
third-party” relationships.

 

Mentors and Protégés

Often times, we think of spiritual growth as an experience inside sterile classrooms with Bible professors. But, the truth involves a more unsterile and informal context, involving real life mentors and real life protégés.

 

Consider today how you can be a mentor. Degrees are not as important as a willingness to share real life experiences. It’s time to go find a protégé. And for the protégé, it’s time to go find a mentor.

And for every believer, there should be different times and different life chapters when he/she can be a protégé and/or a mentor. Such is the dynamic of Christian relationships, giving and receiving. So, ask God today give you the heart of a mentor. But, also ask Him to give you the heart of a protégé.

 

This is the vision of Titus 2. And today, let it be your vision of Titus 2.

 

In your small group: Discuss how you can be a mentor. Share about how you can be a protégé.

What spiritual lessons can you pass down the next generation? What lessons have you learn from your successes and failures that you can share with a protégé. How can you find a mentor? How can you find a protégé?

 

And to help with this spiritual journey of becoming both a mentor and a protégé, I have personally committed to be a teacher in the Titus 2 Institute. Please pray for me and the team that we might become a help in your journey.

 

That’s it for today. Until next time, may God provide both mentorship and protégé opportunities to you as part of your greater purpose in life.

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