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in Titus

Titus 1:5-9 - January 16th, 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Titus 1:5-9
  2. Do you see any repeated words or ideas?
  3. Why did Paul leave Titus in Crete? 
  4. What other words does Paul use for "elder"?
  5. How many different qualities does Paul use to describe godly elders?
    1. Do you see any overlap between these qualifications?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How do you think appointing elders increases "order" in churches?
    1. Why would having multiple elders in every town be better than only having one?
  2. What do the qualities in verse 6 all have in common?
    1. Why should taking care of one's household be a qualifier for an elder? (check out 1 Tim. 3:4-5)
  3. Do you think a single person, with no wife or children, can be an elder? Why or why not?
    1. What about a married person whose children are not Christians?
    2. The phrase "his children are believers" can also be translated as "his children are faithful". How might this change your understanding of this verse?
  4. Are there qualities in verses 6-9 that should all Christians aspire to, rather than just elders?
    1. Which qualities might be specific just for elders?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Do you see leadership and authority as good for the church?
    1. What's one way that you can encourage or affirm the leadership or godly character from the elders at our church?
  2. Hebrews 13:7 says "remember your leaders... consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."
    1. What are some practical ways that you can imitate the faith of the elders at our church? 
    2. Choose one or two character qualities from Titus 1:5-9 that you would like to grow in. How can you begin growing in that area today?
  3. Sing Speak O Lord to God and to one another.
in Titus

Titus 1:1-4 - January 9th, 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Titus 1:1-4
  2. Who wrote this letter?
    1. What does the person call themselves? (v. 1)
    2. What has the person been "entrusted" with? (v. 3)
  3. Who was the letter written to?
    1. What is the person called? (v. 4)
  4. Do you see any repeated words or ideas?
  5. How is God described in these verses?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is an 'apostle' in v. 1?
  2. Why do you think Paul calls Titus "my true child" in v. 4?
  3. What is the connection between faith, knowledge, and godliness in verse 1?
    1. How might someone gain "knowledge of the truth"?
    2. How does the gospel produce godliness in people's lives?
  4. Paul uses "our savior" to describe God and Christ Jesus (v. 3,4). Why do you think Paul repeats this phrase?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can we be encouraged by this passage?
  2. This passage offers some great reminders about who God is.
    1. How does knowing God's character help you to live the Christian life?
    2. What are some ways we can imitate God's character in our own lives?
  3. Paul describes his relationship with Titus as that of a parent and a child. (v. 4)
    1. Do your relationships with other Christians feel like family?
    2. Is there someone in your life who you would describe as a spiritual parent or a spiritual child?
      1. If so, how can you grow in that relationship?
      2. If not, what are some ways that you could begin discipleship relationships like this?
  4. Sing What a Savior (Man of Sorrows) to God and to one another.
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