” Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters,”
– Titus 2:9
This passage needs to be seen from two perspectives. The Greek word for servant implies slave status (involuntary subservience) or voluntary subservience. In the United States absolute slavery, i.e ownership of persons. is unlawful. It is not uncommon that people voluntarily submit to others for purposes of employment or the care of others such as for medical or other purposes. Both status views are frequently seen in the Bible.
This passage expresses how one is to behave when he finds himself as one subservient to another. Such behavior is expected for a purpose of glorifying God in all things. One’s behavior style in such circumstances is not optional, according to feeling or based upon self importance. One’s manner of conduct is presented as an imperative required by God.
The manner of conduct and the objective of one’s conduct are clearly stated. Obedience is the manner. Obedience means that one will obey the directions and will of another. To be obedient, one must be subordinate to another. This means that they act as an inferior to the plan and order of another and the application of that other one’s will.
To be obedient, there must be a master to whom they yield. The word master is a compound which comes from the word for husband (a man) and the concept of being bound to. The implication here is that of an absolute ruler, a lord, or tyrant, even a despot. A despot rules without having accountability to any other man.
Each servant is obedient to “his own” master. There are practical applications to this with regard to the proper understanding of the Christian walk.
#obedience #behavior #Bible #master #servant #Christian #walk
“For a bishop must be . . . temperate;..” – Titus 1:8
Leadership is defined for Christians by the term temperate. Temperate comes from a two part word – en and kratos. The prefix “en” denotes (a fixed) position (in place, time or state). It also suggests a relation of rest. “Kratos” indicates great vigor.
A person who is temperate is strong in a thing. He is self controlled. Because of his vigorous stance regarding a matter, he is not easily swayed or flippant by outside pressures and opinions. He is able to be stable and not riled or extreme in response. There is reason for rest of emotions when one is fixed in his positions and understanding of a matter and the end of a matter. There is ability to moderate or gain freedom from ardent passion.
#temperate #leadership #Christian #selfcontrol #rest #stable
“For a bishop must be . . . but a lover of hospitality,..” – Titus 1:7-8
Christian Standards for leadership is specific. This phrase begins with the conjunction “but.” It moves from a negative list to the positive in verse 8.
“Lover of hospitality” is one Greek word translated as a phrase. The prefix is the same as used in Philadelphia. Such a person is fond of guests. He is hospitable. People are dear to him. He is actively fond of them or friendly.
The core word is “xenos” or a word indicating that which is “foreign, alien, or perhaps a guest.” He chooses to entertain them.
From this comes our English concept of being “hospitable.” As Webster’s dictionary states it, ” Receiving and entertaining strangers,with kindness and without reward; kind to strangers and guests; disposed to treat guests with generous kindness; as a hospitable man.”
#hospitable #xenos #philadelphia #guests #Christian #standards #leadership
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine,..”
The standard for Christian Leadership requires that the leader is “not given to wine.”
Strongs defines “given to wine” as “staying near wine, that is tippling (a toper).” This word is two part. The prefix speaks of what is near, beside, at or in the vicinity of, or to the proximity of or with.” As it might affect behavior it might relate to “on account of.”
The second part speaks of wine. Biblical wine has three senses – vinegar, the juice of the grape, and alcoholic. Since only one of these affects behavior readily, this context would refer to the alcoholic beverage. Ephesians 5:18 and context would explain the purpose of this admonition. “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;..” Wine prevents spirit filled living. Because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, indwelt by the Holy spirit, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The word “not” is very specific. There is no approval given.
#wine #Christian #leadership #HolySpirit #drunk #alcohol
“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry,..” – Titus 1:7
In the standards for Christian leadership, comes the description “not soon angry.” Strong’s Concordance describes the word angry as being “irascible.” The transliterated Greek root word is “orge,” or “desire (as reaching forth or excitement of the mind), violent passion or ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence.” – Strongs
Irascible is a description of one who is “very susceptible of anger; easily provoked or inflamed with resentment; irritable; as an irascible man; an irascible temper.” – Webster 1828
It would appear to be an expression of one who lacks self control and needing a measured response to a matter.
#angry #irascible #Christian #leadership #temper #desire
“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled”
– Titus 1:7
This characteristic of Leadership is a negative. This characteristic does not look good in a leader. Selfwill works against the character of a steward. It destroys the cooperation that should work between those being managed and the manager. Selfwill is like a baffling wind buffeting those one should be working with. Selfwill displays sensual delight in one’s personal selfish ways, displacing the interest a leader should have in the well being of those he is leading. He is dominantly self pleasing and arrogant.
#leadership #selfwill #manager #arrogant #Christian #character
” If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.” – Titus 1:6
In establishing standards for Christian Leadership, it is important that the elder has established control over his own house. It would seem that this would especially apply to those having children who are some bit older. But there are homes where children who are very young seem to rule the house and are very unruly.
While the intent of a Christian leader is that his children would be saved. It is God who saves a soul and transforms them to godliness. The parent can have considerable influence to prevent profligacy or inclination to riot.
A profligate or very vicious course of life is a state of being abandoned in moral principle and in vice. While as a child, he is under the supervision of a parent and such activities may be highly suppressed. Once the child leaves home, such foolishness, if a child does not exercise under self control, is supervised by government, if it will. There are children who lose consideration for their parents when they move away.
An unruly child is unsubdued. He is insubordinate in fact or temper. This is usually related to whether a parent exercises appropriate discipline. If a child is allowed to rule the home because the parent neglectfully fails to give proper training and attends to the needs of the child, he will be inclined to be unruly. Such attitudes in the child indicate that the deficiencies in the child will be a precurser of the neglect which will follow in the actions of leadership in the church and elsewhere.
#unruly #riot #discipline #child #leader #church #Christian #faithful
There is a particular link to the gross idolatry which is in the culture of the College situation. You as a student will be leaving shortly to go on spring break. The nature of your conduct will be a clear tell tale indicator of whether you are a practicing Christian or a practicing idolater [or atheist – same thing].
Idolatry and immorality are two views of excessive disobedience to the living God. If you become involved in one, it will be because you are also tied to the other in some way. You will be showing your true colors in the month ahead. (I could write this any time of the year.)
I close with this short video clip for your viewing.
You are a Christian. You are different from all other people. Your testimony as a Christian for the next four years will rise or fall based upon how you declare yourself during your first weeks at college. If you want your faith to be respected, don’t compromise now and expect others to accept your beliefs later.
Declare your priority of conviction to church attendance right off. Declare it to be highly offensive that others should consider anything else to be of higher priority. This means you should object to classes or study groups being set for Sundays. They think nothing of yielding to Judaism or Islam. To disrespect Christian Biblical imperatives and custom should be expressed as being of highest offense to you. This disrespect violates principles of diversity which all colleges claim to have as a philosophical priority.
Declare your conviction and priority to Genesis 2:21-25, that marriage of a man and a woman is the only acceptable context for sexual activity. Outside of the covenant of marriage for life, there is to be no participation. Declare that you are a child of God and purpose to be obedient to God in all chastity of the body and of the mind. Efforts that are made by any to cause you to be otherwise is to act in a manner of highest offense.
Declare yourself to be fully honest and truthful. This is not a common characteristic among college students. Declare that cheating is dishonest, unlawful and wrong. Do not participate in it nor consider doing it.
On occasion you will be faced with strong temptation to do wrongfully. Remember, your world view and that in contrast to all the rest of the students, you will stick to the Christian world view. To do otherwise is total contradiction to all that is right. We are here to bring glory to God first. You are there to also learn as much as you can. You understand that the world believes that without the perfect grades, they have no hope of achieving success. We who are Christians understand that success is glorifying God. We know that God actively goes before us and prepares the way we should go. We may not get the top job, but we are always ministers of Christ wherever He put us. That is our vocation. To this we will be satisfied. We refuse to compromise bad for good, wrong for right, falsehood for truth. We serve a living, personal God.
Campus Pastor Steve Haasch
Steve writes to prepare college students with Christian college orientation in a secular environment. Students need to declare and practice their Christian moral convictions from the very beginning.