Titus 3: September 29th
Before you read: Titus 3 is a great presentation of the gospel. As you read it, look for some of the steps of the gospel/becoming a believer. Which of the steps are most difficult for you to accept or understand?
- Why is it important for Paul at this point in the letter to remind Christians that they were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, enslaved by sin, envious, and hateful? List at least four contrasts between the attitude and actions called for in verses 1-2 and believers’ lives before being saved by Christ, described in verse 3.
- In verse 3, the person who does not know Christ is described in harsh terms. How accurately do Paul’s words describe your pre-Christian life? How do you react to seeing a person without Christ described in this way?
- If Christians are saved not because of their works but because of God’s mercy, why does Paul repeatedly call believers to devote themselves to good works? How do good works relate to our mission and calling in the world?
- Paul contrasts his teaching concerning what is “excellent and profitable” with the foolish controversies of the false teachers, which are “unprofitable and worthless.” What is the biblical standard for what is valuable or beneficial? How does this compare with our culture’s values today?
- Why should believers avoid, warn, and shun people in the church who reflect such behaviors, while showing gentleness and perfect courtesy to those outside the church (v. 2)?
- Think of one person who lives what you would consider a “Spirit-filled life” and how that person approaches obstacles and difficulties. Note how he or she relates to other people. What evidence of God’s power do you notice in that person’s life?
- What is the role of the Holy Spirit in renewing and equipping believers? What does it mean to be led by the Spirit? Do you feel it has been poured out on you richly?
- Vs. 7 talks about the “hope of eternal life”. How often do you put hope into the fact that there is life after this one? How should that impact our daily decisions…and how often does it really impact yours?
- In what senses are the good works of Christians “excellent and profitable for everyone” (v. 8)?
- Titus 3:10 sets forth a three-step process for correcting and disciplining one who “stirs up division.” Why does Paul call for church discipline in response to an unrepentant, divisive person in the church?