Chapter 3: The Command
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Now that we've established that God is the reference point for all of life and God's glory is the over-arching goal for all of life, we get to look at the command itself as found in Titus 2:3-4. What does the Bible say about this kind of nurturing and equipping relationship?
I have to say that this is the kind of in-depth study I love--picking a verse or a passage and exploring its meaning. It's like digging for treasure, and because it's God's Word, there is always treasure to find.
Here are this week's questions:
1. So far, what's your favorite thing about this book? What's been your biggest "a-ha" moment? What are you telling others about this book?
2. From page 40: "Paul did not expect or want the women in the Cretan church to change their conduct without changing their thinking. He wanted them to think Christianly so that they would act Christianly. And sound doctrine is essential for right thinking."
The truth is that for change to last, for it to be effective, our thinking must change--not just our behavior. How have you found this to be true in your life? Is there an area in your life where you are asking God to transform your thinking? Feel free to be specific so we can pray for you as we visit with each other this week.
3. Hunt talks about the urgency of this call to invest in the lives of younger women (page 42), stating that it is a "pivotal issue" in our culture. How do you respond to this? Do you agree that the way "to combat the decadence of [your] culture" is to focus on energies on these kinds of mentoring relationships? Why, or why not?
Look too at the quote from John Adams on the bottom of page 42. If this is true, what do you think it says about the country in which you live? Does how you respond to this affect how you view mentoring as both "urgent" and "pivotal"?
4. Review the characteristics of the command on pages 43-44. As you read this (and remembering that God equips women to do what he has called us to do), what stands out to you? Is there an area where you need some additional discipline or help? How could you make that area a focus of prayer in the next week?
5. "Older women are to encourage and equip younger women to live for God's glory...The older women in the congregation were to be taught how to live in accordance with sound doctrine so that they could train the younger women--no exceptions" (page 46).
All of us are older than someone else. So none of us can use the excuse of being too young to adhere to this command. Read through the section "Who Are the Older Women?" once more. Here's what it comes down to: "No theological expert. No super saint. Just a woman willing to be obedient to the command to mother."
Take a look at the reasons you've thought you might not be qualified to mother another. What kinds of things have held you back? Do your reasons still stand in light of what you've just read?
6. This is getting long...so let's end with the usual "Anything else?" In some ways this is my favorite because I'm always so curious to know what jumped off the page at you!
I'll end with just a few last thoughts...
"Christian women are good at doing what is commanded here."
"Obedience to [this command] brings out the very best in us."
Finally, let's remember to keep on praying and asking God to reveal to us who we could ask to be our own mentor, and also to keep us open and available to a woman he would have us to mentor.
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