7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,
in doctrine showing integrity,
Titus was to set an example of handling doctrine with care. He was to show integrity both in style and content in teaching God’s Word.
“Integrity” is purity. Titus was to teach with pure, orthodox doctrine (1:9; 2:1). His doctrine was to correspond to his ethics. We are not to handle with Word of God in a sloppily manner, with error. God gives us no latitude in how we teach the eternal Word of God.
A pastor needs a sense of seriousness when he teaches doctrine. Titus must handle the Word of God with the deep respect that it is God speaking when he teaches the Bible.
Doctrinal incorruptibility means to teach truth without invasion of personal opinion or pretext. False teachers will attempt to inject their thoughts and philosophies into biblical doctrine. Bible exposition must have purity of content.
Leaders must teach the Word as it is without injection of personal opinion.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of the Word of God. In teaching the Word, a pastor must distinguish between what is important and what is trivial, what is true and what is false, what is accurate and what is error. Teaching the Bible is a serious matter. It is important to be accurate.