On a previous post, I wrote about A major concern for the modern evangelical church of which it appears largely unconcerned and that is the absence of multiple generations within each local church. I further submitted that Paul’s letter to Titus gave us a blueprint for the local church today as Paul was instructing his young pastoral protege in how to “set in order what remains” (1:5) as these new churches in Crete were being established. Specifically, Titus 2 gives us some clear direction that seems to work in contrast to many of the churches that exist today. Here are 3 often overlooked characteristics I submit Titus 2 highlights our churches should emulate and pursue as part of its vision:
A visible multi-generational presence. Paul’s individual instruction to older men, older women, younger men and younger women “assumes” the presence of not just men and women, but old and young that work together in the local church to serve specific, unique purposes that cannot be replaced by another.
The older mentoring the younger. There is the clear instruction for the older women to mentor the younger women by “encouraging the younger women to love their husbands, children,…” Not directly stated, but implied is the older men’s task to be an example and a mentor to the younger men, seen also in Paul’s training and mentoring of his young protege, Titus, in writing this letter.
Distinct, visible gender roles. The reason these first two are so important is without it, there likely exists confusion on the unique biblical tasks of both men and women within the local church. I dare say much of the confusion on biblical manhood and womanhood we see in the modern evangelical church today could in part exist from a lack of multi-generations in the church where the older are not mentoring and teaching the younger these biblical roles clearly mapped out in Scripture.
A clear picture of the gospel and the diversity meant to exist in the body of Christ comes not just in local congregations that are multi-ethnic, but multi-generational also. To change this trend, we must allow Scripture to form our thinking on what the local church is to be and then pray for and pursue those things for our individual churches. Ultimately, we should pursue these characteristics implied in Titus 2 because they magnify the gospel to a watching world.
More on how a multi-generational church accomplishes this later…