Skip to main content

The Art of Aging Well


"But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine."
Good Morning My Beloved,

I would like to welcome all of you to worship this Lord's Day!
We are so grateful for each of you, our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, we are so thankful that you were lead to join with us today.
I would again like to encourage you to visit our Prayer Wall, not only to pray for our brothers and sisters in their time of need, but to also add any prayers or concerns that you may have as well. We are all called to pray with and for one another, in keeping with the commands of our Lord. There is such a tremendous for prayer in our world today, can we count on you to join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in need? 
There are plenty of men in the pulpits today, who are teaching error and therefore, plague the church with weakness and disease. The pestilence of sin is the result of their useless verbiage. They are of no benefit to the church, in fact, they bring harm upon the people of God. They are adokimos is the word, meaning they are not standing the test, they are not approved, they are tested and found to be useless.  I believe that every pastor, every church leader who is responsible for the task of preaching the Word of God, needs to be useful and valuable to the church by speaking the truth and sound doctrine. They must always be speaking the things which are properly associated with sound doctrine.

In other words, you cannot just fill people's head with theology! You must be useful in teaching the behavior that is associated with sound doctrine. That's the point. You cannot simply preach theology without, at least to some degree, enforce the behaviors that is consistent, that go along with teaching sound doctrine. You have to instruct people on the application associated with the Word of God. We cannot afford to become intimidated, we cannot slow down, we cannot deviate from God's Word. We continue to teach sound doctrine, regardless of the resistance that we might face.

As the Apostle Paul told Timothy in II Timothy chapter 4:2-5, "preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." That's the responsibility, that's the calling!

Let us bow our heads in prayer.

Heavenly Father,

Father, Thank You for this much needed Word for us today. We pray that as we study the imperative section of Your Word, that we would take hold on the heart of this chapter and therefore, we would be ready to submit to its teaching. It is to that end, we pray in every life, Lord, in order that we might adorn the teaching about Your saving power, in order that we might silence the mouths of every critic of true Christianity, Lord, let us never bring reproach upon Your Word. There is so much is at stake in the church, for eternal souls. 
Father, I pray that You would help us to live holy lives. That we would always have the boldness and courage to speak healthy doctrine, that by Your Holy Spirit, that we may continue to live healthy Christian lives, and that You would be glorified in and through us, so that our testimony can be the motivation for others to embrace the Living Savior, Your Son, Jesus Christ.  
Father, it is in His name. we pray 
Today's Message: The Art of Aging Well
Today, as we open God's Word, we are continuing in our study of the Book of Titus, we are now in chapter 2. Here, we see that the Apostle Paul turns his teaching from pastors to people, from elders to everyone, and from leadership to laity. And, even more specifically, we discover Paul’s passion is for people to live out the transforming power of the gospel and not to look like the same old bunch of believers. 

In verse 1, Paul continues in his instruction concerning what must be done, to ensure a healthy community of Christian believers. He tells Titus "But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine." He says that in contrast to what the false teachers were promulgating, Titus was to teach truth. In the Greek, it literally reads, "But you however..." Here, Paul is showing the contrast between what the false teachers were doing and what Titus was to do. I find it interesting, that Paul does not use the word preach, or even the traditional word for teach in this verse. Rather, he tells Titus to "talk" about truth in natural conversations. I'd like you to notice its in the present which means he is to keep on talking about things that really matter. 

As a footnote, it is the same word was used in Matthew 9:33 to describe what happened after a man who couldn’t talk was healed by Jesus: "...the mute man spoke." I believe this is a valuable lesson for each of us. Teaching does not have to be in a formal setting; in fact, the best kind of learning takes place in every day life, when we simply speak spiritual truth. This is the way God actually intends for instruction to be passed from one generation to another, as we see in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

This is actually the Hebrew way of teaching, when God’s principles are allowed to permeate all of life, and are shared in the context of relationship. This is the mentoring model of the Master Teacher, as Jesus talked truth when He walked through the day. The Greek method is more of a lecture-format. However, Titus 1:9 focused on the teaching of sound doctrine and the refutation of error, the focus of 2:1 is more on the practical application of sound doctrine.
The Apostle Paul always married sound doctrine along with the practical Christian living that flows out of it. I believe that to have doctrine without practical side that accompanies it, is just dead orthodoxy. And, to have the practical side without the solid foundation of sound doctrine, well, I believe, that is just human moralism. Knowing who God is and who we are, and knowing God’s way of salvation as taught in the Bible, provide the proper basis for holy living. For example, if the truth of God’s omnipresence and omniscience grips your life, it will affect how you relate to your family in private, because you know that God sees everything. Sound doctrine is very practical.
Allow me to tell you something that I believe is just some basic knowledge, mentoring is not reserved just for ministers; we’re all called to communicate "what is in accord with sound doctrine" in the course of everyday conversation. Notice that we’re not just to go over rote doctrine but are to share what is in that which is "fitting for" sound doctrine. I know that many of us, tend to spend too much time on theological theories and not enough time on living for the Lord.
More specifically, this is referring to character qualities that are built upon the bedrock of belief. The phrase "sound" is used five times in the the book of Titus, and forms the basis of the word hygiene and was used to describe making sick people well. If we want to be spiritually healthy people, and desire others to be as well, we must talk truth about doctrine in very practical ways that can be fleshed out in daily life. I believe that sound doctrine is the foundation for sound character and sound character is proof of sound doctrine.
In Closing...
I do not believe that it does me any good to commend something to you that isn't show up in my life. Therefore, if I am going to adorn the doctrine, the teaching about God as a Savior, then I must be able to demonstrate that I have been saved.  The question then becomes, saved from what?  Sin, sin, I have been saved from sin. I believe that we make salvation attractive when we can demonstrate deliverance from sin, the power over sin and temptation.  Lives characterized by purity, power, joy, blessing.  By the way, that word "adorn" is great.  In fact, there is actually s a hairspray with that name and that really does speak about what that word means.  It's from a Greek word kosme, from which we get the English word, cosmetic It means "o make something beautiful."
Today, wive in a culture that has become completely obsessed with beauty. You cannot stand in line at the grocery store without being bombarded with beautiful images on the covers of various magazines. And, furthermore, if your body isn’t so beautiful, there are literally tons of magazines ads which promise a plethora of sure-fire ways to either lose weight, get you into shape or camouflage with cosmetics or surgeries, for the things you are unable to change yourself. 
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with taking reasonable measures to make yourself attractive, however, I believe that what all of us need to keep in mind that outward physical beauty quickly fades. Eventually, our bodies inevitably lose their youthful appearances as we grow older, however, there is another kind of beauty that grows better with age. And, the good news is that this kind of beauty is available to every person, not just to those who have been endowed with the genes. I am talking about the beauty a person develops when he pursues godliness in his life. God intends for each of us to develop Christlike character and conduct ourselves in a way, that displays His beauty to this lost and misguided world.
While our physical bodies will inevitably grow more wrinkled as time goes on, our spiritual life should grow less wrinkled as we grow older.

May it be so..

And now may the Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

Now and forever, in Jesus' name

Copyright © 2019-2021 All Rights Reserved

The Brian Monzon Ministries



Email *

Message *

Check Out Our Most Popular Messages

You Can't Quarantine The Word of God

" 35  Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there. 36  Simon and his companions went searching for Him. 37  They found Him and said, “Everyone’s looking for You!” 38  And He said to them, “Let’s go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach there too. This is why I have come.” 39  So He went into all of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 40  Then a man with a serious skin disease came to Him and, on his knees, begged Him: “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41  Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him. “I am willing,” He told him. “Be made clean.” 42  Immediately the disease left him, and he was healed. 43  Then He sternly warned him and sent him away at once, 44  telling him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer what Moses prescribed for your cleansin

The Things Which Must Soon Take Place

    " The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2  who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3  Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near." Revelation 1:1-3 Good Morning my beloved,   We welcome you to worship in the name of the Lord. Thank you for joining us today, we're glad to have you here. We are especially grateful for those of you who have been sharing the ministry website with all of your family and friends. Your faithfulness to share God's Word with others continues to bring about tremendous results. We are grateful to each of you. And through your sharing, God has brought a number of people to Christ. Praise God! May He continue to use you and this minist

Nothing Has Changed If You Haven’t Changed

Good Morning beloved family, I'm so glad to have all of you joining us today! Let's give a shout of praise to the Lord! Amen! Heavenly Father, As we gather here today, enlighten our understanding, purify our hearts every desire, quicken our wills, and strengthen every right purpose. Grant us wisdom and discernment, that we may better know Your Word and understand. Direct us, in clarity, during this time of worship, guide us to the magnifying and exalting of Your name, and to the e nduring good of us Your children and servants, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen " To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:   A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A ti

Ministry With A Mission

    " Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope, 2  To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord." I Timothy 1:1-2     Good Morning my beloved,   We welcome to all of our beloved brothers and sisters, from all around the world, who have been lead to join us today. We are glad to have you here!   I know that I mentioned this to you in our last message, however, Scripture calls us to pray with and for our brothers and sister in Christ. I again, would like to encourage all of you to visit our Prayer Wall, there are a number of them who are in great need of some faithful prayer warriors. I pray that you will join us in praying for them in their time of need. I would greatly appreciate it, and I know that they would as well!   I Timothy 2:1 tells us " First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and than

The Power Of A Humble Prayer

      " Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; 2  and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. 3  But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one . 4  We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. 5  May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ." II Thessalonians 3:1-5     Good Morning my beloved,   Welcome to all of our beloved brothers and sisters, from all around the world, who have been prompted to join us today. We are glad to have you here!   I believe that peace, encouragement and good hope are present realities for any true believer. It stands in stark contrast to what the world offers. In the face of life's challenges, discouragements persecution, and shattered dreams, God brings encouragement to th