Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.I think that the Bible has to be one of the most talked-about, analyzed, and least read books. Many times, even when we read it, we read it in snippets. I heard one person call it the "fortune-cookie Bible." We draw one-liners and feel good statements from its pages and we don't read it enough to even know what it really says, let alone live by it.—Mark Twain
Over the coming days, I want to do a simple study through Titus, chapter 2. I'm not going to reveal any new doctrine or epiphanies, I just want to look at what the Bible says in light of the Bible. In order to get ready for the study though, I need to read it.
If you want to read it with me, here it is.
"But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee."