Paul has been showing Titus what it means to be taught by grace. Here, he brings it all together in his closing words, which we’ll be looking at together on Sunday afternoon.
Read Titus 3:1-15, and think about the following questions.
How do verses 3-8 speak of God’s grace? Go through the verses phrase by phrase, and think about how each part relates to the story of your conversion.
How do verses 1-2 and 9-15 teach about the outworking of that grace? List the commands (e.g. “be subject to rulers and authorities”) – how does each demonstrate an attitude of grace?
Now read back through the whole of Titus. What’s the main idea of the book? Any questions you’d like to ask at the question time on Sunday (note: you can text them now to 60777, beginning your text with the code P7WYC)?
Pray: for James Maurice as he prepares to preach, and ask that your life would be both informed and transformed by the way in which God has rescued you.
Titus is to teach the Cretan’s to do good, motivated by God’s grace (v11) and future glory (v13). We are often tempted to go back to legalism, but only grace and glory transform people.
Read Titus 2:11-15
What is Titus told to do with these wonderful truths?
How can we make sure when we speak to both Christians and non-Christians today, they hear grace, not works?
Think through what it might look like (sound like?!?) to speak about grace and glory today.
Pray: for the church in this country, that it might preach the gospel of grace and glory, rather than a gospel of works which is no gospel at all. Pray for Jeremy and the staff team to keep teaching the gospel faithfully, and trusting that the God of grace and glory will keep changing us to be more like the Lord Jesus.
Extra: Praise God for all the truths about him contained in Titus 2:11-15.
Paul cannot think about the appearing of the future glory of Jesus without thinking back to the cross, where Jesus gave his life.
Read Titus 2:11-14
What is it that Jesus achieved at the cross?
What does it mean to be redeemed? Why is it so significant?
Jesus came not only to redeem us but also to make us his people, his treasured possession.
What should be the consequence of that?
How does God’s grace and glory change the way we see ourselves?
Pray: that “what we are leads to what we do” and we would remember today that we are more loved by God than we could possibly imagine (despite our sin). Ask God to use his grace and glory to motivate us to do good today.
Paul has been telling Titus to teach the Cretans to do good. He wants them to look back at the grace of God which has appeared but today he wants them also to look forward…
What do you look forward to most?
Read Titus 2:11-13
v13 in the ESV says ‘the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ’
What does Paul say followers of Jesus are waiting for?
How often do we lift our eyes from our own problems to think about the future and the glorious reality of heaven?
How might your day change if you thought about heaven more?
Spend the rest of the time meditating on Revelation 21.
Pray: that we might remember more often the reality of where we are heading. Praise the God of grace and glory for our certain future.
Titus has been told to teach the Cretan’s to be good ‘for the grace of God has appeared’. And it’s the grace of God which Paul says teaches us.
How would you answer a friend who says: “if you’ve been saved by grace, surely it doesn’t matter how you live”?
Read Titus 2:11-12
According to Titus 2:12 what does God’s grace teach us?
What might it mean to say ‘no’ to ungodliness today?
What are your worldly passions? (Hint: What do you spend most time daydreaming about?)
What might help us live self-controlled, upright and godly lives? (Hint: look back at 2:11)
Pray: asking for God’s help in learning from grace and letting grace affect our daily life.
Paul has been telling Titus to tell the Cretan’s to live a good life, and he has described what that good life looks like in chapter 2 verses 1-10, but he now turns to the source of this good life. He doesn’t teach people to go back to law but instead…
Titus 2:11 ‘For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men’
What motivations do people have for living God’s way?
What might it look like to be motivated by law/legalism?
But the law can never change us. Look again at Titus 2:11.
What has appeared, and what is significant about that?
What event in history do you think Paul is referring to?
Why is grace so important?
Think back to times in your life when God’s grace has been most evident to you?
How can we remind ourselves of God’s grace every day?
Pray: giving thanks for the grace of God which brings salvation and which has appeared to sinners like us. Pray that we might remember the grace of God and it might spur us on to good deeds today.
These next few verses of Titus are key to the message of the book. They explain the gospel of grace which teaches us and changes us, enabling and instructing us to live transformed lives. We’ll be looking at this passage later on today, but it would be great to get ahead in your thinking, and think through some of the issues ahead of time.
Read Titus 2:11-15 and think about some of the following questions.
How does the grace of God teach people to be more godly, do you think? Thinking back over your own life, how has it changed the way that you have lived?
In verse 14, how does Paul describe the cross? It is the way that you normally describe the cross? Anything surprising that he leaves in / leaves out? Why do he do that, do you think?
From verse 13, how does a certain future event affect lives in the present? How often do you think about the return of Jesus Christ? How does it affect you when you do?
What, then, do you think is Paul’s main purpose in writing these verses?
Pray: for receptive hearts at Trinity this afternoon, and for clarity and gospel-heartedness for Mark Aldham as he preaches