Summary: Paul wrote this letter to Titus so he would bring order to the corrupt churches on the island of Crete. Poor leadership (false teachings) and ungodly living among believers were the cause of these unhealthy churches. Here we see Paul’s concern for healthy churches and the link between Christian faith & their practices (belief and behavior).
(V. 1-10) After closing out the previous chapter with a description of the lost people of Crete, Paul begins this chapter with “you however, must teach what is appropriate with sound doctrine” meaning the lives of believers should look contradictory. Paul then lays out some specific characteristics for each member of the Christian household. We also see a clear call to discipleship (older men teaching the younger, women teaching the younger). The last part of these verses give the reasoning behind leading Godly lives: “so that in every way they will make the teaching of God our Savior attractive.
(V. 11-15) After giving the why behind living Godly lives, Paul gives us the how. In verse 11 we see that the way God decided to manifest his grace for us was in the person and work of Jesus. Paul wants to remind us that it’s impossible to grow into Godliness apart from His grace. When we look to God’s grace, we find a treasure that is much greater than a moment of pleasure in anything this world has to offer. As we continue to reflect on God’s grace found in Jesus we will grow into Godliness. As that happens our lives become attractive to the outside world. This is God’s plan for his church: we would represent him in an attractive way so more people would glorify him.
How has your week been spiritually?
What is God teaching you?
What sins are you struggling with that you need to confess?
(V. 1-10) How does your life look different from those outside the Church?
(V. 1-10) Are you open to being taught by others who are more spiritually mature?
(V. 1-10) Are you meeting with anyone to teach them more about Jesus?
(V. 1-10) Of the qualities mentioned, where do you struggle most? Why?
(V. 1-10) Why is it important for the church to reflect Godly character?
(V. 11-15) How can grace teach you to say no to ungodliness?
- (V. 11-15) Are you typically eager to do “what is good”? (Serve & love sacrificially)
- (V. 11-15) Does your life draw people to Christ or deter them?