Saturday in the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Titus 2:4-6

Younger Men and Women in the Church

Here is a directive from the Apostle that today’s church needs to hear: That older women are to teach younger women and older men younger men.  When I was a child growing up in a Baptist church in the South, the sexes were separated in Sunday School from about age nine and up.  Somewhere along in the 1980s, coed Sunday School became more popular and I think is still the model.  But the Promise Keepers phenomenon of the 1990s and popular women’s Bible study teachers of the last thirty years have shown that the need for separating the sexes is still desired by both men and women.  This is to be expected as men and women have different needs and interests, especially Christian men and women.  And they desire the wisdom and guidance that those who have “been there” can give.

But Paul is even more specific about what older women are to teach: “They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands.”  Whatever else the older women may teach the younger women, they must teach them this, for it is the Christian home that sets apart Christian living from the rest of the world; it is the Christian home that is the ultimate proving ground of Christian doctrine; and, it is the Christian home that is the church in microcosm that manifests before the world the truth of the gospel.  I can’t say it any plainer than that.

And so the wife and mother as child-bearer and natural nurturer is the heart and soul of the home, who builds the nest and prepares the children through patient training and discipline to receive the Lord as Savior.  The Father likewise trains and sets an example of Christian integrity and dignity, self-control and sacrifice.  Both husband and wife together bring out the manly virtues of their sons and the feminine virtues of their daughters.  But to do this, they need examples of godly men and women who have been there in the trenches of child rearing, and that is what older men and women must provide in our churches; that is, no one should have to go to conferences and hear world renowned speakers to get this.

As our culture grows more pagan, Christians are going to be thrown back onto the most fundamental institutions to survive and thrive—home, church, and school—in which mothers and fathers, elders and deacons, and all teachers are INTENTIONALLY rearing Christians through discipline and catechesis.  In those three places, the battle must be won.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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