Titus 3 – Dear Titus… be ready to do good
How do you feel about the expression ‘born again Christian’? Is that how you would describe yourself?
Saved from ourselves
Read Titus 3:3
Verse 3 describes our sinful nature rather than our sinful behaviours.
- Why do we find this so uncomfortable?
- Why is it important to reflect on these attitudes honestly with ourselves and with God?
- To ‘be enslaved’ sounds dramatic and alien to our ears, but we can be enslaved by anything that has become our personal idol, when a good thing becomes and ultimate thing, that draws us away from our worship of God our Saviour.
- What pre-occupies your time, thoughts or energy that be ‘enslaving you’?
Saved by Jesus our Saviour
Read Titus 3:4-8
- How should we respond to God’s kindness?
- What is the significance of the Holy Spirit in God’s work of salvation?
- How might this change the way we pray for our non-believing friends and family?
- What does Paul mean in verse 8 by ‘these things’?
- What will it look like to be devoted to good things?
Saved to do good
Read Titus 3:8-15
Titus 3 encourages us to stress ‘these things’ the gospel and avoid controversies but often we find that we stress controversies and avoid the gospel.
- How might a conversation with a non-Christian friend about our Prime Minister’s declared Christian faith fall into either pattern?
- If there is division within a church how does Titus 3:10 encourage us to resolve it?
- Titus 3 encourages us to do good in the context of everyday life.
- Why do we find quarrels and controversies so attractive?
- What makes it difficult to avoid quarrels and controversies?
- What implications do these verses have for Christians who have strong social or political views?
- What will motivate you be ready and devoted to doing good? How will these verses encourage you if you are met with malice or envy?
- We are all different. What will a ‘productive life’ look like for you? (verse 14)