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Paul's instructions to Titus shift away from different age groups in the local church, and land directly upon the young pastor himself. The character of the main teaching pastor of the local church is to be exemplary in every respect.
Matthew 10 contains a sermon by Jesus that is often overlooked (possibly because it is overshadowed by the greatness of the Sermon on the Mount a few chapters earlier). But this sermon to the Apostles is rich in truth and is practically helpful for us even today.
Much can be learned from observing the Lord's deliberate grouping of the Apostles. In this lesson we take note of the fact that they are always grouped in Scripture into 3 different groups of 4 men, and that each group reveals something important about how Christ uses his servants in his ministry.
Paul's instruction to Titus concerning the young men in the church is slightly different from the other age groups, yet it comes with a great and noble task - to be a model of good works by living a life restrained by the truth of Scripture.
The Lord of the harvest has authority and power to bring in his harvest by whatever means he wills, and so Jesus calls to himself the Twelve apostles whom he will send out into the world.
The fruit of sound doctrine in the church should also yield a kind of purity in younger women which is manifest in their marriage, in their family, and in their occupational pursuits.