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Read Titus 2

Doing Good for the Sake of the Gospel

You, however, must teach what is appropriate to 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, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

Go Deeper

This passage pulls no punches and affirms us in our calling as disciple-makers. While it can be easy to view ourselves as not capable or ready to be disciple those around us, Titus 2 makes it clear that no matter our age or how long we’ve been a Christian we are called to teach others and encourage them in the ways of Christ. We are called to teach young and old, rich and poor, godly and ungodly. 

Some of us, once we realize we are supposed to be teaching others, often don’t know where to begin or what to teach. In verses 11-14 Paul reminds us that we were taught by the saving grace of God. It is important to remind ourselves that He purified us and now we are His. Because of what Jesus did on our behalf, we can now be eager to do what is good. What better way for us to teach others than by explaining what God has been teaching us in our lives, and this is exactly what Paul encourages us to do.

Statistics also back up the importance of being engaged in discipleship. A Barna study done in January 2022 found that those who are involved in discipling others are more likely to feel that their relationship with Jesus brings deep joy and satisfaction, their relationship with Jesus impacts the way they live everyday life, and they are energized when they spend time with Jesus. However, 2 out of 5 Christians surveyed said they weren’t involved in any sort of discipleship. If a disciple is failing to make disciples, are they really a disciple? In the same way a fruit tree produces fruit, disciples should be producing disciples. 

If this is the first time anyone has prompted you to do this, find someone whose faith you admire and ask them to help you follow Jesus as they do. Find someone newer to the faith than you do and ask how you can best serve them as they follow Christ. Jesus and Paul are clear in what we are to do as followers of Christ. Don’t be intimidated, just convey what you have learned in your own journey about the saving grace of God.


  1. What comes to mind when you think of the word “discipleship”?
  2. How have you been discipled? What patterns or disciplines have you learned from others?
  3. How have you discipled others? How can you pass your faith on to others? 

Keep Digging

For more information on the studies referenced above, check out these two studies from the Barna Group:

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4 thoughts on “Titus 2”

  1. Paul gives nothing short of a tall order to Titus as he sets the standard for right living in the church. No matter oner’s age or position these qualities should mark the life of every believer:
    -believe & teach sound doctrine
    -be temperate
    -be worthy of respect
    -be self-controlled
    -be sound in faith, love & endurance
    -be reverent in living
    -love your family
    -be self-controlled and pure
    -set a good example
    -show integrity
    -be sound in speech
    -be trustworthy
    -make our Savior attractive
    -expectantly wait for the blessed return of Christ
    Only by God’s grace through his offer of salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit’s counsel are we able to live out the mandate given. Romans 12:2 instructs “And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” We are His very own people. Let’s commit to doing what is right and encourage others to love and follow our Savior.

  2. How do we disciple? That has been my question for a very long time. I have taken “new” christians under my “wing” and I am believeing God that I have helped them start down their godly path. This is something I still feel I lack in, but I am trying to change that by taking some classes. If anyone else is interested there are 2 disciple making classes through HC. The 2:7 Series, which is an excellent starting point, and wonderful Bible study. We are doing one with our life group (which I highly encourage) Spiritual Multiplication in the Real World. Both of these are wonderful tools and have Titus applications in them.
    God thank you for making us a people who just take “new, or renewed” Christians under our wings. Help us to be so into your word that we can and will speak Godly counsel to people whenever we speak. Thank you for opening our eyes to see these men and women that want to be discipled. Show us your lost and hurting people in our paths everyday that need You God, that we are BOLD and just say hi can I pray for you? God thank you for opportunities and eyes wide open to spread the GOOD News in Jesus name amen

      1. I just want to say I appreciate both of your daily comments. I am currently trying to build a relationship with God. I feel as though I have always been a “lukewarm” christian and I am trying to change that. I feel as though I have lived the worldly ways far too long, which is defiantly an easy trap to fall into. I am trying so hard to find the relationship y’all have with God. My biggest/hardest situation I am facing is finding a church I can grow in, while also serving God. I want to get involved! I want to surround myself with strong believers and faithful christens (seems kind of hard these days…).

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