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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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in Luke

Luke 28:9-14 - 31th December 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Luke 18:9-14.
  2. Who is this parable addressed to? (v. 9)
  3. What is the context of this parable? (What are the themes of the surrounding verses?)
  4. Who are the people mentioned in this passage?
  5. In what ways are the Pharisee and Tax Collector similar?
    1. How are they different?
  6. What is the Tax-Collector's reward?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do you know about Pharisees?
    1. Read Matthew 23:1-7 for another analysis of Pharisees.
    2. What about Tax Collectors? (Matthew 9:9-11)
  2. What is wrong with the Pharisee's prayer?
    1. How did God view this prayer?
  3. If the Pharisee is not justified by his fasting, giving, or abstaining from certain sins, what does it say about those deeds? Should people instead not fast? Should they not give?
  4. How does the story of the Pharisee and Tax Collector connect to the second part of verse 14: "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. The surprising part of this parable is that even though the Pharisee is the "righteous" man, it s the Tax Collector who walks away justified.
    1. What are some good works of our day (i.e. church attendance)?
    2. Why can't these things make us justified?
    3. What does this parable tell us about the good news of Jesus?
  2. In what areas of life do you "have confidence in yourself"?
    1. Is this good or bad in light of this parable?
    2. How can you grow in righteousness without becoming self-righteous?
  3. Sing Come Ye Sinners to God and to one another.

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