Tell and Show

30/06/2012 by Jim Stephens

Reference(s): Amos 7-9; Psalm 104; Titus 2


1 Your job is to speakout on the things that make for solid doctrine. 7 But mostly, show them allthis by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, 8 your words solidand sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weirdor misguided, might eventually come around. (Titus 2:1, 7-8 MSG)

Paulcommissioned Titus to be the pastor of the newly established church on the island of Crete. Paul’s instruction to Titus about how to establish a healthy church andraise up mature Christians is very much about the practical, every day side oflife.

Theydidn’t have the New Testament yet to base their teaching and practices on.  They didn’t have denominational headquartersto ensure compliance with policies and procedures.  They didn’t know what came next in terms ofdevelopment and growth, nor did Paul know how much time he had left to teachand train leaders.

Whatthey did know is the importance of establishing solid teaching that was strongon practical application and would lead to living Godly lives.  Paul tells Titus to teach people to livedisciplined, responsible lives, but mostly to demonstrate his practicalteaching in his own life.

That was Titus’ job:

  • Keep it Simple – Talk about the things that makefor a disciplined and responsible life.
  • Tell and Show – Live the example of theapplication of teaching to everyday life.
  • Solid and Sane – Nothing fancy, nothing weird.  Doctrine and teaching that leads to a strongchurch and spiritually healthy people.

Wehave a lot more resources to work with than Titus had all those years ago inthe island nation of Crete, but we still need solid teaching that is strong onpractical application and leads to living Godly lives.  And we still need pastors and teachers whowill live what they teach and practice what they preach!


Father, I commit myselfto live what I teach.  I purpose toconcentrate my teaching on the things that contribute to living responsibly andwell.  I ask for your help to live what Iteach, a solid and sane life.

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