GEW-R-17 110206AM EBG-35 Women of Grace .doc 21st Century Women of Grace: God’s Pathway to Eternal, Life-long Usefulness Titus 2:2-8 God has clearly communicated in easy to understand terms His desires. God wants 21st Century Women of Grace who follow His pathway to life-long usefulness. This desire of God was embraced by generation after generation […]
GEW-R-09 100620AM EBG-18 Husbands Loved.doc The 21st Century Woman of Grace: Wives Loved by Titus 2 Husbands: Who Love as Christ Loved Ephesians 5:25-33 When the believers in Crete listened to God’s Word, they heard the voice of God asking them to start making specific, personal choices to obey His Word. Sanctification is when believers […]
GEW-R-02 100418AM EBG-11 Reverent.doc The 21st Century Woman of Grace: Reverent in Behavior—A Lifestyle Representing God Titus 2:3a As we each open to Colossians 2 this morning, I am reminded of the full and rich lives almost all of us lead. Our culture presses upon us with expectations, deadlines, stress, and a never-ending list of […]
GEW-R-01 100411AM EBG-10 Total Woman.doc The Total Woman: God’s Desires for Every 21st Century Woman of Grace Titus 2:3-5 One of the most amazing dimensions of the Christian life is the liberating knowledge that we can know exactly what God expects from us as we live our lives on earth. God has designed each […]
081130PM GCM-43 GEW-23 ANNA: LIVING A GRACE-ENERGIZED LIFE OF PRAISE Luke 2:36-40 As we open to Luke 2:36, and are introduced to the life of Anna, I’d ask you to underline two words in your mind. First, in v. 36 “she was of great age”—underline in your mind OLD. Second, in v. 37 “a widow […]
GEW-20 EBG-49 070909AM Jesus reduced life to one simple goal—seeking God’s rule over each day of my life. Do you remember Christ’s simple yet powerful words? Please open there with me: Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV Ever since the Garden of Eden, […]
GEW-19 EBG-48 070902AM Can you imagine how liberating it would be to know how to choose the best in life? We live in a complex world of multiplied choices, many of which are good. We have more new information and more new opportunities offered to us each week—than the average 18th century person was offered […]
GEW-18 EBG-47 070826AM This week I had lunch and someone stopped by our table and asked, “Could you define ‘grace-energized’ for me?” I did briefly there at that restaurant, but as I thought and prayed about it, I decided that it would be good to pause one week and back up to look at […]
EBG-46 GEW-17 070819AM Do you serve the Lord with grace-energized kindness? Knowing that is vital because that is the only type of serving that God will reward according to His Word. Someday when our journey on earth ends, and we stand before Christ’s Throne—the Scriptures use only one word to describe what God […]
EBG-44 GEW-15 070812AM For two thousand years God has been looking in each generation of Christ’s Church for a few good women–who will give themselves to His plan for their lives. That plan has been laid out for them in Titus two. When these women offer themselves as willing servants to follow God’s […]
EBG-42 GEW-13 070729PM As we open to I Thessalonians 5, we open to Paul preparing new believers for spiritual warfare. As believers and followers of Christ, they were going to be attacked in their minds, by the Devil. That is where he starts. Your body only goes where you mind directs. Your mind is […]
070722AM EBG-40 GEW-11 Titus Two Women-11 Children Loved by Grace-Energized Mothers .doc Grace-energized Living: The Titus Two Model Titus 2:4 We have gathered as Christ’s church this morning, but the church that met as Christ’s church nearly 2,000 years ago in New Testament times was a much simpler, informal gathering. There were no “church […]
GEW-10 EBG-39 Titus Two Women-10 Children Loved by Grace-Energized Mothers .doc Children Loved By Grace-Energized Mothers Titus 2:4 070701AM God is love, the greatest of all Christian virtues is love, and love energized by God lasts forever. What can be the most powerful aspect of a wife and mother’s life on earth as […]
GEW-09 EBG-38 Titus Two Women-09 Grace-Energized Mothers Deal with Bitterness .doc Grace-Energized Mothers Deal with Bitterness Titus 2:4 070624PM The decline and fall of the human race is set forth in Romans 1. Curiously, right in between all of those dreadful sins is one that seems to have always stood in the way of mothers […]
GEW-08 EBG-37 Titus Two Women-08 Bitterness Hinders Grace-Energized Wives and Mothers .doc Bitterness Hinders Grace-Energized Wives and Mothers Titus 2:4 070624AM God’s high calling for grace-energized women is to love their husbands and children. To most of us mature 21st century believers that may sound wonderful. To them it must have sounded impossible. The Cretans of Paul’s […]
GEW-07 EBG-36 Titus Two Women-07 Mothers Energized by Grace Love Their Children .doc Husbands Loved by Grace-Energized-Wives Titus 2:4 070617AM I’d like to go back with you to the beginning and together see God’s original intent and plan for men who would become husbands and fathers, as seen in Adam. As you turn to Genesis […]
GEW-06 EBG-35 Titus Two Women-06 Mothers Energized by Grace Love Their Children .doc Women Energized by Grace Love Their Children Titus 2:4 070610PM Women energized by grace love their children. That is what Titus 2:4 says. We are going to see how to love children with love they can feel. But before we do that we […]
GEW-05 EBG-34 Titus Two Women-05 Mothers Energized by Grace .doc Mothers Energized by Grace Love Their Children Titus 2:4 070610AM Ministry in Christ’s church was never easy, even from the start. As we open Paul’s letter to Pastor Titus, missionary church-planter to Crete—we look at the description of the cultural background of the congregation Titus served […]
GEW-04 EBG-33 Titus Two Women-04 Women Energized by Grace .doc Titus Two Women-04: Women Energized by Grace Love Their Husbands Titus 2:4 070527AM We were saved by God’s grace; and we are kept by God’s grace; and we live in a way that pleases God and earns His rewards—energized by His grace. These past few […]
GEW-03 EBG-32 Titus Two Women-03 Teaching Good. Life Models .doc Women Energized by Grace-03 Teaching Good and Life Models Titus 2:1-13 070520AM When the Gospel of the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ entered the Roman world of the New Testament, the condition of family life was very bleak. Paganism had all but erased the […]
GEW-02 EBG-31 070513PM Christ’s church was born into a sin-warped, sin-darkened world of mixed-up marriages, sin-scarred lives, and confused families. But men and women who were gloriously saved did not automatically become great wives and mothers, or husbands and fathers. When they came to Christ and were forgiven, God graciously gave them everything they needed […]
GEW-01 EBG-30 Titus 2.3-5 Women Reverent in Behavior .doc Titus Two Women, Mothers and Wives: Reverent in Behavior Titus 2:1-8 070513AM For the past twelve years it has been my joy to present on Mother’s Day a lineup of the greatest mothers of the Bible. We have seen Hannah, Ruth, Elisabeth, Mary – the Proverbs […]
EBG-51 GEW-22 070930AM Things completed, give such a great feeling: a completed assignment so our work is done; a completely balanced diet so we are healthy; all our requirements completed, so the pressures are off…all of those feel so good. The Joy of Completion The dictionary defines this word so well: com·plete adj., = […]
EBG-45 GEW-16 070812PM For the past 20 centuries God has offered to every married woman the privilege of turning each moment she spends in her hut, tent, cave, flat, apartment, or palace–into eternal crowns to cast at Christ’s feet. Since Paul sat to pen one word “homemakers” (NKJV) [“keepers at home” (KJV); “to be busy […]
EBG-41 GEW-12 070729AM Jesus loves absolutes. He always used them in His teachings, through contrasts: Light vs. Darkness, Heaven vs. Hell, Life vs. Death, Broad way vs. Narrow Gate, and so on. Those absolutes continue into the church that bears Christ’s Name. We have to choose go His way or ignore His way. The […]
Does God authorize women to be elders and pastors? Were Paul’s prohibitions cultural? Do women need to wear head coverings?
God gives us two different inspired descriptions of women in Proverbs. In fact, if you sorted through the 31 chapters, 915 verses and over 15,000 words of the Book of Proverbs, you can find just over 200 verses that actually declare what good men and women, boys and girls look and act like, and what the immature, unspiritual, and ungodly opposites look and act like.
One of the most striking contrasts is between the Proverbs 31 type of woman who is described as a woman of beauty, grace, wisdom, and excellence; and the Proverbs 14 type of woman who is described as a woman of immodesty, aggressiveness, and evil intent.
God’s high calling for Titus 2 women of grace, is for them to express love that their husbands and children can feel. To most of us mature 21st century believers that may sound wonderful. To them it must have sounded impossible. As we open to Ephesians 4, think about how hard it has always been to live pleasing to God, in this ungodly world.
The Cretans of Paul’s day lived in an ego-centered, selfish society that knew and cared little about forgiveness. Roman society became so decadent that it saw forgiving people as weak and unforgiving ones as strong. Cretans celebrated vengeful gods and exalted as heroes those who took vengeance on others. The result was a society so much like America today—filled with bitterness, vengeance, anger, hate, and hostility.
On Christ’s last night with His disciples, He said in John 13 that believers would be known by their love for each other. This type of love is supernatural, prompted by grace, empowered by the Spirit, and modeled by godly mature saints. Christ’s church was built from the start with this powerful nurturing love.
Paul wrote Titus saying that God desires to see all mothers expressing to their children. But this love is not merely found in Titus 2:4, this nurturing love of closeness, friendship, and tender care is the very same love with which God built Christ’s church from the very start.
This is the final quality God desires to see in every older woman of grace, which describes their lifestyle of admonishing, encouraging, or calling others to realize what God has clearly stated they are supposed to do.
This quality is God’s call for women of grace to wise living, encouraging counsel, discreet or focused living, and restraining life choices. In the English-speaking world, when we see someone doing something totally unprofitable, that shows they are oblivious to something far greater they should be doing there is an expression that goes something like: ‘you are just arranging deck chairs on the sinking Titanic’.
Submission in Biblical terms is when we submit to wanting God’s way.
Since the Garden of Eden, and mankind’s Fall into sin—we humans have wanted our own way.
In Matthew 6, Jesus reduced life to one simple goal—seeking God’s rule over each day of our life.
Remember Christ’s simple yet powerful words? Please open there with me:
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV
Seek Submission to
God’s Rule First
Life is full of many cares, struggles, and responsibilities, so God has kept the most important things very simple. There was only one word the Spirit of God inspired Paul to write, to describe all that will last from our entire life on earth.
One word at Christ’s Throne is all that sums up anything enduring, eternal, and pleasing to God. What will be the test Christ uses to determine each person’s eternal rewards? It is whether their words, actions, thoughts, and motives were good in God’s sight.
As we open to Titus 2:5 we find that this is the very same word we saw describing the Judgment Seat of Christ. God says everything is reduced to this word: “good” or the other word: “bad or good for nothing”.
Our world is filled with homelessness. Not so much a lack of shelter for living and sleeping—but a lack of godly nurturing at the most basic level of the Christian home. To battle homelessness in the church God has called each married woman to accept His call to be a homemaker for His Name and Glory.
This morning just as for the past 20 centuries, God offers to every married woman in Christ’s Church the privilege of capturing each moment she spends in her home: whether a tent, a house, an apartment, or a palace—and turning those moments into eternal crowns she can someday cast at Christ’s feet.
Salvation is described as being clothed with Christ’s righteousness; and the Christian life is portrayed as putting on Christ each day. So each of us here today are literally, as believers: Clothed with Christ.
With that in mind, would any of these descriptions portray Christ’s appearance as presented in God’s Word, if He were here ministering in this 21st Century culture? Do you think Christ ever chose to dress in a way that was provocative, sensual, or revealing of the areas of His Body that God’s Word says need to be covered?
Do you think He would ever choose to appear “skimpily-attired”, short skirts, short shorts, or with sexually arousing outfits? Do you think Jesus could ever be described as: hot, immodest, alluring, edgy?
In Titus 2, the first word of v.5 calls each of us to pay attention to our own, personal, spiritual mental health, for God’s sake.
There are only two mental health providers in the Universe:
• the first One says that He came to give Life that is Abundant; and
• the other one came only to kill, steal, and destroy.
At salvation we go from the destroyer’s control to Christ Jesus’ life that is endless and abundant. However, we still live in fallen human bodies, in a cursed and sinful world.
That means that for all of God’s born-again children, Christ Jesus only has two categories that He uses to rate everything we do, as He sorts out the constant stream of activities His children do in life.
Each of us live out our life in front of God, like a pipeline:
Have you ever thought about that? Our lives are like a pipeline stretching up into Heaven that spews out every action, thought, and motive at Christ’s feet.
When we gather as we do today, and open God’s Word, we are asking Him to speak to us. Sometimes what we hear touches on a small part of our lives, other times what He says is huge. This morning, the topic we have arrived at to study is HUGE.
The only way to understand the gravity of what we are hearing from God’s Word today is to go to where it will matter. Open with me to the end of the Bible, Revelation 4.
Through all the centuries the single greatest deterrent to sin and motivator to holiness has always been the thought of standing at last in Heaven. Revelation 4:6, 9-11 (NKJV):
As we open to Titus 2:4 we are focusing on the second priority God desires in all younger women. God has called for all women of grace to be characterized by love. But never forget that we are looking back into a world where so few had ever known or felt real, Biblical love. The New Testament church was born into the culture of Rome.
The culture of Rome, and even to every person living where this letter to Titus arrived, on the island of Crete was a world framed by mighty armies, where daily life was lived around over-powering architecture, when most cities were fed by aqueducts with gravity-defying engineering, and with Emperors known for their absolute life and death power. So most people had grown up:
As we open to Titus 2, at this very moment, Satan is roaming the Earth trying to mess up God’s plan. His methods of attack are very focused, and are revealed in God’s Word by his many names. Each of Satan’s well-known names describes a facet of his evil plan. He is called:
• Lucifer the Cherub who fell because he proudly wanted to share in God’s glory;
• Satan the constant Adversary of God’s plans and people;
• The Serpent from of Old who deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden;
• The Dragon who relentless seeks to destroy Israel the Chosen People of God;
• The Deceiver who enslaves the minds and hearts of the whole world;
• The Murderer from the Beginning who came to kill, to steal, and destroy; and
• The Roaring Lion who seeks to devour the unsuspecting believer.
God launched His plan to train the women of Christ’s Church using the godly older women He was already at work inside, and allowing their Spirit-led walk as they grew day-by-day, to flow out into the lives of younger women. But the message that the Lord Himself asked these women to communicate must have sounded impossible.