Series: The Grace of God has Appeared
Scripture Passage: Titus 2:1-10
Supplemental Reading: Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 2 Peter 1:3, 5-8; 1 Thessalonians 2:8; 1 Timothy 4:7-8;
Goal: Paul’s letter to Titus is an urgent call to the young pastor to organize the church in Crete by centering everything on the gospel. He reminds Titus of the grace of God—the gospel truth for real growth and change—and the expectation he had for this good news to change lives in a country caught up in empty, selfish pursuits. “The grace of God has appeared!” This glorious grace changes everything. May we know it, be trained by it and show it off to the watching world.
Guidance: What we believe affects the way we live (our theology determines our biology). Titus was to teach others how to live beautifully in light of the gospel. This has bearing in old and young, men and women, employees and those who teach/lead. Teaching the gospel leads us to the discipleship of healthy lives that set Jesus on display for others to see. We aren’t meant to do this in isolation but within the community of the local church where we can teach one another.
Suggested discovery/discussion questions:
1. “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” Sound, or healthy, doctrine leads to beautiful living where the gospel is changing our hearts & thereby changing our lives. What is the essence of the gospel message? How is the truth of the gospel affecting your heart?
2. Paul lists the ways specific groups of people should be instructed in this “healthy doctrine.” This list is not filled with religious ritual behaviors but rather practical, real-life, character qualities that are the fruit of believing the gospel. In your life, where are you expecting to grow? Look at Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and 2 Peter 1:5-8. What do you find in these passages?
3. Titus was to make disciples who make disciples. Discipleship to some may be a class or a single relationship, & though it is not less than that, it is so much more. Biblical discipleship is life-on-life as our daily lives intersect with the things we are learning & the people we can learn them from. What are you are learning/growing in? When/how are you learning? Who are you learning from?
4. This life-on-life discipleship includes both learning & teaching/training. Who are you teaching? In what ways are you helping someone discover the truth of the gospel & apply it to their lives?
5. Our lives are meant to “adorn” the gospel. Sometimes we do this by living like Jesus & often, when we fail to live like him, we display the gospel by repenting & seeking forgiveness from others. How are others seeing you live beautifully? Who is watching your life (followers & doubters/seekers)? How have you been able to display the gospel through repentance & reconciliation?
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