A call to invest…
Psalm 145:3-5~ Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
There are ladies in each one of our generations who don’t know the unsearchable greatness of our God. There are those in the next generation who haven’t heard of his mighty acts or the glorious honor of his majesty. If we don’t tell them, who will?
No matter your age or stage of life, your purpose is the same- to glorify God by carrying the truth to the next generation. Investing truth is my passion!
The purpose of Daily His Disciple, and my ministry to other women as a whole, is to encourage women to know the word, exhort them to live the word, and equip them to invest the word. It’s also the goal of our entire women’s ministry at New Life Baptist Church, where my husband is the pastor. I recently started teaching a bible study I wrote based on Titus 2, simply titled Invest.
I thought I would tie in some Saturday Study Snippets from the Daily His Disciple Facebook page, with the lessons from the Invest study, while I work on new content for the blog.
The first Saturday Study Snippet was this bible study tip: When we study the scriptures we need to ask ourselves three questions. (I’ll give you question one and two today, and the third on Saturday, so stay tuned!)
The first question is: What does the text literally mean to the people it was written to? Basically, establish the historical context.(Here’s the entire post.)
Reading the scriptures this way, thinking about the original audience, will help you to properly interpret and apply the bible. Some great resources for determining the historical context of the scriptures are: Study Bibles, Halley’s Bible Handbook, Blue Letter Bible, or your favorite bible app.
Context of Titus: The book of Titus is a Pastoral epistle, written by the Apostle Paul around 65 a.d. to one of his Gentile converts and fellow laborers-Titus. Paul had left Titus in Crete to set up this local New Testament church. He instructs him on how to select the leadership, warns him of false teachers in the area, gives the character and conduct guidelines of the people within the church, and exhorts them all to maintain good works as they eagerly await the Lord’s return. The apostle Paul is instructing Titus to establish sound doctrine and sanctify disciples in this church in Crete.
Paul is stressing the importance of investing sound doctrine into every believer so that they are set apart from the wickedness they were in the midst of.
It’s sound doctrine that was needed to counter the false teaching. It’s sound doctrine that corrects wrong thinking and promotes right living. It’s sound doctrine that saves the sinner and sanctifies the saint. It’s sound doctrine that establishes and grows a local New Testament church.
The second study question is: How is God revealing himself, and what can I learn about God in this passage? Be intentional to look for the Lord! Write down his attributes and actions, instead of just the principles and promises that pertain to you and your situation. (Here’s the entire post.)
God gave us his word so we can know him intimately and love him intensely. But if we only read it to see how it applies to our lives or to get some comfort or peace for ourselves, without really seeking his presence, we’re missing out on a deeper relationship with the Author of our salvation.
~Titus 2:3-5~ The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Using our study snippet on this passage, we can learn so much about God:
- He cares about the needs of women
- He knows the areas we struggle with the most
- He has a divine design for women
- He knows we need relationships with other women
- He is holy
- He has a holy standard for his daughters
- He cares about our husbands and children
- He is serious about his word
In three short verses we have a better understanding of our caring, holy, omniscient God! Imagine how well we would know him if we were intentional about investigating the scriptures instead of merely reading them. I’ll have the next question and more from the Invest study coming at ya later. In the meantime, start utilizing these two study snippets, and see how your knowledge and understanding of not only the scriptures, but also of the Savior matures.
~2Timothy 2:15~ Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.