“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”
This was the advice of the apostle Paul to his disciple, Titus, who had become a pastor (or preacher). Titus was challenged to take care of the congregation. The church had to encounter false teachings and false living, which threatened to undermine her spiritual well-being.
All preachers, like Titus, ought to speak right doctrines that will lead to right living. They should never deviate from their duty of teaching sound doctrine. They should give themselves to regular and careful pastoral instruction about Christian living, that people may believe in God’s truth and obey all of it.
It is only when the people receive correct doctrine that they would be able to produce the right spiritual living. Doctrine and duty are closely related. Without the truth of God, people cannot live righteously. A church that is taught spiritual truths shall be protected from spiritual falsehood and sins.
So, let us pray for all who teach God’s Word in our church – that every one of them will be committed to teach us the truth of God. Let us also take heed when they speak and exhort us from God’s Word, so that we may gladly fulfil God’s truths in our lives through holy living.