The Truth and The Good Life (TITUS 1:1-4)
A church in Crete The beach/‘good life’ in Crete
Titus is a little letter is packed with very big truths about God’s grace for living the good life. Paul originally wrote it to his friend and co-worker Titus, who was sorting out the churches in Crete. It’s very practical and direct, so it’s not hard to imagine him sitting down to write it directly to us in Corsham, too. In the first verses, Paul opens with some words to introduce himself and his main theme: celebrating the God who gives us grace to live ‘the good life’ – a life which is Good, Godly, God-focussed, God-filled, giving glory to God, lived in the confidence of God’s grace and love, shown in good works and done in thankfulness and joy. It really is the ‘good life’; in fact, it’s the best life to live!
Key passage: Titus 1:1-4
… the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness…
READ Acts 2:1-12 and 2:41. Titus 1:1 and 1:5
1. a) Looking at Acts 2:11, who started the church in Crete and when? What roles did Paul and Titus play?
1. b) Who does the church in Crete –and in Corsham– belong to? How will this change my view of church?
READ Titus 1:1
Paul defines his role as a servant (someone with no authority) and an apostle (someone with lots of authority given by the person who sent him). The purpose of these roles is for other people to have faith and know the truth.
2. In this verse, who does Paul belong to and who is his life for? In what ways are these roles and purposes specific to Paul, and in what ways are they also applicable to us?
READ Titus 1:2-3
“… their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness.”
3. a) List the truths about God mentioned in verses 2-3 (God’s character traits and actions).
Which of these truths ring especially true for you? Are there any surprises?
b) How do these truths about God lead you to godliness (the Good life)?
READ Titus 1:4
4. Paul greets Titus with ‘grace and peace’ – two things that come from God. How can you use this as a model for how you interact with other Christians?
If you have time…
Read the whole of Titus aloud together. This should take 10-15 minutes. Spot how often Paul mentions ‘grace’ and ‘good works’. What would your Christian life at home, church and in the world look like if grace and good works appeared as often in your own life?
In Titus 1:1-4, we have that seen Paul’s identity, writing, and teaching all centres around God and his key concern for Titus and the church is their godliness (the good life).
Give thanks for God’s promises, that he will surely keep all his promises as he does not lie.
Ask for God’s mercy on those you love who do not yet know the truth, that God would open their eyes and rescue them.
Pray for each other to grow in in the knowledge of the truth which leads to godliness.
Pray for our church congregations at Corsham Baptist Church, to act as a church which belongs to God, and for us to live out grace and peace with each other.