These new believers needed coaching, training, modeling, and encouraging in a one-on-one relationship. Godly behavior is a series of choices; and those men and women had to be nurtured in daily skills that would lead to loving marriages and families.
Christ’s method for the training of these new converts was two-fold. They gathered for a group session as an entire church body. The Scriptures were faithfully taught, and they were fed healthy doctrine for spiritual growth. That group teaching of the gathered church was vitally performed by the called and gifted pastors of Christ’s church; but side-by-side with that didactic teaching of God’s Word that fed Christ’s flock weekly, was another equally vital ministry which we find captured for us in Titus 2.
Christ’s Church Used Coaches in Godly Living
Christ’s church grew strong in those early years because everyone in His church knew what they were each supposed to be doing. Each man knew how a godly man was to live his daily life (Titus 2:1-2, 6-8); and each woman knew how a godly woman was to live her daily life (Titus 2:3-5).
Christ’s church grew into the potent force for changing the world in the quiet nurturing sessions that Titus 2 men and women performed in practical discipleship. Just as important as the preaching and teaching of the doctrines of God’s Word was the modeling and nurturing of individual saints through practical hands-on lessons in godly living.
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