In everything set them an example by doing that is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7
An extract from this verse
In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned…so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Guidelines for teaching in the ministry
Paul outlines a very important guideline in the ministry. Especially when it comes to the ministry of teaching.
- Show Integrity
- Show Seriousness
- Show Soundness of Speech
- Show integrity.
Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” Paul encourages Titus to show honesty in his preaching and have strong moral principles and display it for everyone to see.
As teachers, people have to see who we are..then hear our talk. Our life and character should be on display more than our own talk. Our reputation and character will speak more volumes than our talk itself.
- Show Seriousness.
To better understand this word, the synonyms of this word describe it better: Commitment, Resolution and determination to teach. One synonym that is can be used to in this context is “commitment.”
Display your commitment for people to see. Show people that you are committed and are serious in teaching the word of God. You can be a fun-filled character, the one likes to see people laugh and be happy with the silly acts and the jokes that you share but when you teach the wod; teach it with seriousness. Don’t teach it with lightness or a careless attitude but do it carefully to show that you are serious in teaching the word of God.
- Soundness of speech.
The Synonym that fits well for this word is “Theologically correct or orthodox, as doctrines, or a theologian.”
Paul encourages something very important for Titus, specially at a time when people were trying to pick trouble with his teachings.
In teaching or preaching make sure your words and interpretation align with the doctrine and theology that is correct. If anything seems controversial don’t teach it or even entertain it in anyway.
Be clear in what you believe and say it time and time again…so that people who hear your teaching will never have a room to bring any accusation.
The word of God should never be handled lightly. It should be handled with all seriousness. For those in the ministry shouldn’t think (while teaching) that I know this verse so well that I can teach even in my sleep.
If you show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech people will listen to you and will always wait to hear from you. They will be edified through your ministry. Always be clear of what you believe and teach the word of God boldly and clearly