Qualities of a Sound Church
1But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5to be discreet, chaste, #1 Tim. 5:14homemakers, good, #1 Cor. 14:34; 1 Tim. 2:11obedient to their own husbands, #Rom. 2:24that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
6Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7in all things showing yourself to be #Phil. 3:17; 1 Tim. 4:12a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, #Eph. 6:24incorruptibility, 8sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
9Exhort #Eph. 6:5; 1 Tim. 6:1bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Trained by Saving Grace
11For #(Rom. 5:15)the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13#1 Cor. 1:7looking for the blessed #(Col. 3:4)hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14#Is. 53:12; Gal. 1:4who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed #Ezek. 37:23; (Heb. 1:3; 9:14; 1 John 1:7)and purify for Himself #Ex. 15:16His own special people, zealous for good works.
15Speak these things, #1 Tim. 4:13; 5:20; 2 Tim. 4:2exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.