This coming Saturday is the meeting for our mini book club. There is generally quite a mix of women involved, but it appears that the only women who will be attending this month are all single (except me!) and with one exception are all older than me. I had already put some thought into how the book will be of benefit to single women but I didn’t realise until now that it is going to be the focus.

On thinking a little more specifically it occurs to me that this book, essentially written for wives and mothers, can be of great benefit to single women. Below is the line (very briefly) I thought I would take but I’d also like to ask for feedback on this. Can you think of something I may have missed? Please offer your suggestion if you have one.

-Paul emphasised to Titus that he must “teach what is in accord with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1) It follows that these outcomes (loving and living) will be a fruit of faith (3:3-8) and need to be understood and clearly imparted.
-Christian single women are a part of ‘the bride of Christ’ and so a sound understanding of these qualities will enable us to behave as we should towards Christ. Also, as human beings we are God’s image bearers and our relationships here on earth are to speak out about God’s purposes and reflect truth about life in Him.
-As members of the body of Christ, single women will closely relate to women who are wives and mothers. Understanding issues of importance to married women allows the single women to empathise and offer assistance to them as they in turn grow in knowledge of sound doctrine.
Titus 2:3 *doesn’t* say: Likewise, teach the older wives and mothers to be reverent in the way they live…so they can train the younger women… All older Christian women should develop an understanding and a lifestyle which allows for input into the lives of younger Christian women. This would imply that even single older women understand what it means for women to love their husbands and children. Clearly, qualities of self control, purity and kindness are to be developed in us all.

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