Most young people gone
Finishing series next week
Asking them to be different from world
What kind of examples are they seeing from us
Are Christians they see different from others?
We’ve been falling short
Unwed preganancies – fornication
Leave the Church when they leave home
Employees who are selfish and dishonest
I. Principle of Older Teaching Younger
A. 2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.
1. Men who display faith, love, perseverance
2. Men who always side w/ church/scripture
3. Men who never compromise spirituality
B. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,
1. Reverent – different from women at work or beauty shop
2. Teaching what is good
a. Relationship with, influence over younger
C. 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
1. Devoted to family
a. not prioritizing worldly pursuits
b. showing what a woman can do on her own
3. word of God given honor and priority
D. 6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; 7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, 8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
1. Example of good deeds – active, energetic
2. Purity in doctrine – devoted to Word
E. Overarching theme – spiritual mindedness
1. 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
2. Minds focused on coming of Jesus
3. Always remembering his sacrifice/redemption
II. Importance of Example
A. Lukewarm, watered down commitment
1. Re 3:15–17 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
B. Danger of hypocrisy
1. Do as I say, not as I do
C. Mt 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
1. Calls them hypocrites 7 times in 17 verses
a. 18 times in gospels
2. Mt 23:27–28 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28“So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
III. What Do You Want Them to Become?
A. 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, . . . . 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
B. Want them to go to heaven?
1. People who grow in their abilities to lead/serve
2. People who sacrifice for body of Christ
C. Purification – redeemed from every lawless deed
1. Zealous for good deeds
D. We must model that
1. People who care more about church fellowship than football
2. More about VBS than Netflix
3. Know more about minor prophets than managing carbs
4. Let’s become people consumed by our love for God – and show that to our children