Friday, October 25, 2019

Being a Titus 2 Church

Images: Scenes from 2019 family retreat (top to bottom): Friday campfire; Saturday morning men and boys prepared pancake breakfast; Saturday afternoon recreation.

But speak thou the things that become sound doctrine (Titus 2:1).

Our CRBC family retreat was held last Friday-Saturday at Lake Anna. For our Saturday devotional we focused on Paul’s instructions in Titus 2 on how to encourage intergenerational fellowship within the church, with exhortations for older men, older women, younger women, and younger men (see Titus 2:1-18).

We got together in family groups to read and discuss this teaching and then came back together for a group discussion. Here is the discussion guide we used:

1.    Preliminary discussion:

How is your family’s day to day schedule right now? If you could change one thing to make it better what would that be?

Be brutally honest: How is your family doing at family devotions? Prayer before meals? At regular church attendance and participation? Rate your family 1-10. Are there any changes that could be made to improve the spiritual life of your family? Note: This will not be discussed in the larger group, but is just for your own “in-house” evaluation.

2.    Read aloud together Titus 2 and answer the following:

What four groups are addressed in 2:1-8?

What is each group commanded to do? Are there any instructions here that you find surprising?

Take one group addressed and find an example in the Bible that illustrates either a good or bad model of this.

Thanks to those who participated in the retreat. If you did not make it this year, plan to come next year.

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle

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