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Hygienic Church

August 25, 2011

How many of us want a clean church?  I praise the Lord for our janitorial staff at our church.  The bathrooms are clean, the carpets are vacuumed and the trash is emptied.  But according to Paul, these things have nothing to do with being a Hygienic Church!  The word Paul uses for “sound” is where we get our word “hygiene”.  It meant then relatively the same thing it means today, “Healthy”.  Paul is asking Titus to speak into the lives of the leaders to have them be healthy in their relationships.

Paul brings us to interpersonal relationships and how the church functions in discipleship and mentoring.  It’s amazing how he starts by saying “teach what is in accordance with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1).  You would expect something like a shortened review of the book of Romans or Galatians to proceed, but he instead says “that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience…” and then a list for older women as well.  How do those things have anything to do with sound doctrine?  Haven’t we all who grew up in church seen sound doctrine as right thinking, maybe systematic or biblical theology?  You see to Paul, sound doctrine played out in right living.

We have a few groups addressed here, older men, older women, younger women, younger men and slaves.  All of them are given lists of things that they need to be examples to the world around them.  All examples of right living.  The point of all of this is to have a hygienic church, a sound church!  Right doctrine leads to right living.  Please don’t buy into the lie from the pit of hell that how you live your life doesn’t matter.  The Scripture is clear that how you live your life is just as important as your salvation.  The two are connected, the Spirit wrote a whole book about how they are connected (James).

As you are leading groups, ABF’s, Bible Studies, you are showing whether you believe what you teach by whether or not you live what you teach.  Paul was concerned with the leaders having credibility in the world (v.8)…are you concerned with that?  I hope so!

It’s possible to do this, not on our own power, but God’s!  God doesn’t ask anything of us that we can’t do through the power of His Spirit that dwells within us.  Go and live a hygienic life today!

Lead with Love,

Dave

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