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Christianity: Promote Right Reaching

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PROMOTE RIGHT TEACHING

Introduction:

The perfect example of how Christians are to conduct themselves is described in Titus 2:1-10. This scripture is reaffirmed several times throughout the Bible, and has been the foundation for how society has progressed.

Paul begins a list of instructions with the phrase “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.” If the Bible calls something “sound doctrine” then it is surely important. This sound doctrine is echoed throughout the Bible in many different books, and spoken by many different authors, including Jesus himself. Many view this doctrine to be outdated, sexist, and a narrow-minded way of thinking. However, I am led to believe that if the Bible calls these instructions, “sound doctrine”, and has focused so strongly on the reaffirmation of these instructions, that it has to be correct and the fault therein lies with human and societal interpretation and actions towards these Biblical instructions.

The apostle Paul wrote this letter while he was in Epirus. He wrote to his disciple, Titus, whom he had left on the island of Crete to watch after the new church. Paul tells Titus earlier in the letter (1:15) that he was left there to complete their work in Crete. Paul knew that the people of Crete were easily swayed away from the teachings of Jesus and back into worshiping pagan gods. That is why Paul established the church there in the first place during an earlier mission. Paul gave Titus this sound doctrine to help him first of all identify those that could help lead the church in Crete, and secondly as instructions for new believers to follow. These instructions were the rod by which believers measured themselves, because these qualities Paul described ...

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