Titus 2:3 “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things-“
Paul’s exhortation to Titus is full of rich instruction for both men and women in the church. In this verse alone, there is much that we can talk about, learn from and even be convicted of, but for our purposes, we are going to focus on the last directive – to be teachers of good things.
So what does it mean to teach good things? It means we are called to be a teacher, an instructor, of goodness, of right and honorable things, of those things that are noble and praiseworthy. From the beginning of the Israelite nation, God has commanded those who love Him to testify to the generations of what He has done, of His deeds, of His statutes (Deuteronomy 4:9-10, 11:19; Psalm 78:4). As believers in Christ we are called to proclaim His goodness and faithfulness, to walk in righteousness and holiness, in a manner worthy of our calling, and to live in the abundant life/our inheritance. But so often, there are those who are new to the faith or are growing into a mature faith, that need instruction on how to walk as we are called – how to walk worthy of their calling – as they have shaken off the bondages of sin and are learning a new and better way to live. Ephesians reiterates over and over, we are called to build each other up, to walk together as the Bride of Christ. So we must understand that we have a mandate (in Titus 2) and an expectation (such as is in Colossians 3: 12-16) to help others, our fellow sisters, to instruct them on the ways and will of the Lord. We are to instruct them on those things that will help them live lives that bring honor and glory to God, not only in their personal walk with God, but in EVERY ASPECT of their lives, which includes the everyday routine and relationships with others.
It is important for us to teach good things because it is right, and we have been told by Christ Himself to do it. In our life groups, we have been discussing our two fold mandate from Matthew 28:19-20: to preach the gospel and to make disciples. The second part, to make disciples, is consistent with what Paul is telling the older women to do. In fact, we learned that a disciple is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “one who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of another.” We have been given a great treasure when we receive revelation and instruction from the Lord. How tragic would it be for us to not help our fellow sisters if we withhold what has been given to us! There is, in each of us, an expectation of an outflow – an outflow of praise, an outflow of gratitude and thankfulness, an outflow of power as we are filled with the Holy Spirit, and it includes an outflow of teaching what we have been taught, of revealing what has been revealed to us – those good things that come from a good Father that are valuable in living lives that are pleasing to the Lord and necessary in order for us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.
So we must channel that outflow into others. We can begin by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to us who we are to disciple. It may be one person – it may be multiple people – but just know it will be someone! We have a tremendous resource in Disciple’s Handbook. Then ask for a revelation of what the discipleship will look like, a time or place, a topic or resource, listening for a word with the understanding that you will possibly be inconvenienced by it. Yes, I had to add that in. No refining ever comes without fire, and things that are most valuable often come with a price. Discipleship, teaching good things, will cost you your time, your talent, and your treasure, but the fruit is far beyond what we could comprehend. Remember, this is an outflow of what you have learned and experienced, so be ready to give personal experience and testimony with intentionality (not just telling your story for the sake of telling your story, but teaching/discipling with a purpose). Be confident in what the Lord has spoken to you! Be confident that He has already equipped you! Be intentional! Be obedient! We are called to teach generations – so let’s get to teaching!
As you hear from the Lord & discern what person/persons to disciple, you may find it helpful to go through a book or study together. This can look a number of different ways, such as one-on-one, in a small group setting, or however else you feel led. Remember that the goal is to be pouring principles you’ve learned into someone else. Here are a list of resources we’ve compiled on various topics and where you might buy/find them:
- As mentioned above, Disciples Handbook is a great resource for diving into foundational truths in God’s Word. Parts 1 & 2 can be found on Amazon.com for about $10 each:
- Restored by Neil Anderson is another excellent resource on finding your identity in Christ. It can be found online for about $10.
- We recommend participating in “Advancing in Marriage” and/or “Love and Respect” equipping groups for discipleship on marriage. Stay tuned, because these groups will be coming available for all ages in 2017!
- Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp is a great resource on parenting. It can also be found online for about $10.
- The Home Experience by Devi Titus outlines many of the principles we’ve discussed in our Home Life Gatherings and events. This book can be found online for about $35.
- The HOPE workshop is a seminar on Helping Overcome Painful Experiences (HOPE). This is a great workshop for “biblically-based mental and emotional renewal for believers.” To learn more or to find a workshop near you, visit caringresources.com.
This is just the beginning of multiple resources available for discipleship. Now, let us go and be teachers of good things!
By Christin Loera & Erika Millard