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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 Acts

Acts 20 – 21st May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 20
  2. What is the setting? What locations are mentioned?
  3. What people are mentioned?
  4. What are repeated words/phrases?
  5. What commands does Paul give in his speech? (vv. 17–35)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why does Luke include the the story of Eutychus?
  2. Why does Paul want to be in Jerusalem if trials and suffering await him?
  3. How does Paul describe his life to the Ephesian elders? How is this a model for elders today?
  4. How does Paul describe his teaching to the Ephesian elders? How is this a model for elders today?
  5. How was false teaching a danger for the Ephesian church?
  6. How did the gospel change Paul's life? How does Paul preach the gospel to Christians in this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Pray for the elders to pay careful attention to their own lives and the whole church.
  2. Pray for the elders to remain faithful to teach God's word.
  3. How can you take on Paul's selfless attitude in v. 19 and 24?
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