I preached on Titus 2 this past Saturday at Revolution. Admittedly, it can be uncomfortable preaching on what God calls women to be. For one, I’m not a woman, so I feel a little out of my comfort zone challenging women to do something I’m not called to do or be. It is easy to call men to be men. You also need to be more gentle with women, especially being a man. I believe respond to challenge (women does as well, but differently), call them out, grab them by the throat, they respond and want to step up. As Mark Driscoll says, “Preach to men like a coffee thermos, throw it off a building, drive over it and it does its job. Preach to women like a beautiful wine glass, one that must be handled with care.”
But I’ve noticed something since we started Revolution. One of the things we’ve preached on a lot is marriage, dating and biblical manhood and womanhood. I believe it is one of the most crucial issues in our culture, because no one is sure how to do it. On top of that, the Bible talks about it in numerous places. Most New Testament letters touch on it to one degree or another.
After Saturday and in the past after preaching on this topic, particularly biblical womanhood I get the same comments, “I had no idea that was in the Bible.” Or, “I never understood what that meant.” In most of the reading I’ve done in books or commentaries, or sermons I’ve listened to on the topic of submission or, “working at home” from Titus 2, most of the material is, “Here is what Paul is not saying.” Now, that is an important part of the text. We need to explain what submission is not, the dangers of sin when it comes to submission or male headship, but at some point, the man preaching has to say, “But this is what Paul means, submission means this, male headship means this, working at home means this.”
It isn’t just this topic, it comes out when someone is preaching the idols of the heart, sin, heaven and hell. Don’t apologize for the Bible. Study up, pray up, confess your own sinful motives, then stand up, say what the Bible says, don’t apologize for it, then sit down and let the Holy Spirit does what the Holy Spirit does.