TITUS: GRACE FOR LIVING THE GOOD LIFE
2 THE TASK OF TITUS (TITUS 1:5-16)
Titus is a little letter with very big truths about God’s grace for living the good life. In our first study, Sharon led us in Titus 1:1-4 where we see that Paul’s identity, writing, and teaching centres around God. His key concern for Titus and the church is their godliness (the good life).
In this study, Paul outlines for Titus the task of stabilizing the churches by appointing godly elders and silencing false teachers. The apostle paints a graphic picture of both kinds of leaders. His concern, in line with his calling, (v 1) is to establish godly leadership that will equip the whole church to grow to maturity. Most Christians will never serve as elders, but the character required of an elder reflects the spiritual maturity to which every Christian is called.
Key Passage: Titus 1:9
“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”
READ Titus 1:5-9, and parallel teaching in 1 Timothy 3:1-14
1. What does good leadership look like in the church? What fruits result from it?
2. Elders are on the same path of discipleship as the wider church, but they have gained significant experience and maturity in following Christ. Discuss and elaborate these characteristics:
v 6 consistency: godly at home as well as at church
v7-8 sacrificial servant leadership
3. If Titus (and we as a church) didn’t appoint godly leaders in this way, what do you think would happen? Wouldn’t happen?
READ Titus 1:10-16
4. What does bad leadership look like in the church? What fruit results from it?
5 a) What does verse 12 reveal about the culture in which these new believers had grown up, and which still surrounded them? How would this culture negatively impact them?
b) Where does our society /culture negatively impact your life? What is shaping your character more- Corsham or Christ?
READ Ephesians 4:11-16 and Titus 1:5-16
6. Summarize what Scripture teaches us about how God prepares us (the church) for works of service and maturity? What are the results/fruits? How would this affect your life personally as we (the church) apply this more and more?
Praise God that he has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
Pray for protection, wisdom, and guidance for our leaders as they apply God’s Word for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
Pray for each other to grow to maturity as we follow our godly leaders and not to listen to those voices who would take us away from Christ.