Connect group questions
Titus 2 – Dear Titus… teach what is good
Who have been the most influential teachers in your life? What made them different?
Self control is good
Read Titus 2:1-10
- Do you consider yourself self-controlled? In what ways do you need to pray for more self-control?
- The concepts of self-control and submission are as counter-cultural today as they were in 1st C Crete. Where do we see the opposite values displayed? How can we be distinctly Christian for the sake of the gospel?
- Verses 5, 8, 10 share the expression ‘so that’. What do each explain will be the result of godly living?
Sharing life is good
Read Titus 2:1-10
- If you are older, are you discipling someone younger? Are you modelling wise, godly values?
- If you are younger, do you respect your elders? Are you being discipled by an older man or woman in our church? Sometimes these relationships develop organically but sometimes they need some thought and prayer.
- How does Paul’s view of the elderly fit with society’s view? How should we respond as Christians?
- Paul is encouraging cross-generational church family life. What can you do to avoid age and stage related cliques developing? How do imagine that effort will bless the church?
Grace teaches us to do good
Read Titus 2:11-15
- In one sense we live with verse 11 in our past and verse 13 in our future. We live by the grace that has appeared while we wait for future glory. How do the ideas of grace and glory help you live when life is difficult?
- Who do you know that models a grace-filled life, who is eager to do good for the sake of the gospel? How can you learn from their example?
- The grace of God saves in verse 11 and teaches in verse 12. How does this grace help us to avoid:
legalism – ‘I need to be good’
b. licence – ‘I can do what I like’
- How might you live differently this week ‘so that’ (vv 5, 8, 10) others can see God’s glory?