What does it say?
- Read Titus 1:5-9
- Do you see any repeated words or ideas?
- Why did Paul leave Titus in Crete?
- What other words does Paul use for "elder"?
- How many different qualities does Paul use to describe godly elders?
- Do you see any overlap between these qualifications?
What does it mean?
- How do you think appointing elders increases "order" in churches?
- Why would having multiple elders in every town be better than only having one?
- What do the qualities in verse 6 all have in common?
- Why should taking care of one's household be a qualifier for an elder? (check out 1 Tim. 3:4-5)
- Do you think a single person, with no wife or children, can be an elder? Why or why not?
- What about a married person whose children are not Christians?
- The phrase "his children are believers" can also be translated as "his children are faithful". How might this change your understanding of this verse?
- Are there qualities in verses 6-9 that should all Christians aspire to, rather than just elders?
- Which qualities might be specific just for elders?
How should it change us?
- Do you see leadership and authority as good for the church?
- What's one way that you can encourage or affirm the leadership or godly character from the elders at our church?
- Hebrews 13:7 says "remember your leaders... consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."
- What are some practical ways that you can imitate the faith of the elders at our church?
- 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?
- Sing Speak O Lord to God and to one another.