In light of Paul’s writing in Titus 1:10-16, Paul then gives one simple piece of instruction. That is to teach sound doctrine. Titus was leading this group of new believers, and they were going to make an impact in Crete. Titus’ work was teaching the people God’s Word. His message to the believers focused on their examples before one another and the world.
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 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. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Taught and caught
The saying about learning is most things are “caught, not taught.” I would argue that it is both. Even with culture, it is both taught and caught. Terminology, symbols, and behaviors are first taught through speaking, and then they are caught by example. One approach without the other will leave people lacking in either substance or application.
Church leaders must exhibit soundness in their teaching. Pastors must seek to preach God with clarity and wholeness. They must then practice what they preach. Lead by example and word. Paul’s teaching to Titus is that wherever we are, whether old or young, male or female, married or single, free of a slave, we lead with a godly example.