Living Our Confession
November 04, 2018 | Charlie Shaw
In Titus 2:1-10, Paul moves from the issues of church leadership and false teachers to the various groups within the church and their moral obligations before the world in which they live. Paul is concerned that they show the beauty of the truth about Jesus Christ in order to have a positive impact on an unbelieving world (2:5, 8, 10). Biblical truth or sound Christian doctrine (2:1) is designed to not only bring us into an intimate relationship with God, but it is to equip us, as stewards of His grace, to represent Him and to proclaim the message of our Savior, as His ambassadors in a fallen world. We have an awesome responsibility to make the truth of Christ attractive by lives that truly reflect the saving power of the message.
- Read Titus 2:1-10.
- Why is teaching the truth important?
- Review the people groups mentioned and the instructions of Paul for each group. If this is a diagnostic, how did you do?
- What are the four primary character qualities mentioned in the passage? How are these produced in our lives?
- How would the church of Titus 2:1-10 produce a healthy church?
- Why do you think God works through churches to change us, when he could do it so many other ways?
- What does my life say about the God that I believe in?
Imagine the early days of the church. The risen Christ ascended to the right hand of the Father and God the Holy Spirit poured out on believers including the Gentiles. Paul and Barnabas are set apart by the Holy Spirit and sent out to minister in pagan Gentile areas. The church is exploding, but how is the church to be organized? How is she to function? How are these new Christians supposed to know how to live or what to do when people disagree over important doctrinal matters? Who is in charge? Paul’s letter to Titus instructs this true son in the faith about how to encourage, teach, and organize the believers of Crete.