GODLY LIVING IN THE CHURCH

 

A FORMIDABLE TEAM

Titus 1:1-4

 

GODLY LIVING IN THE CHURCH #1 (BIBLE LESSONS ON TITUS)

 

V     In what ways is this a Godly church?

V     In what ways could this church be more Godly?

V     Why should Godliness be important to our church?

V     How will teamwork help a church become more Godly?

THE BOOK OF TITUS

Ø     After Paul had been released after his first Roman imprisonment he evidently spent time doing evangelistic work on the Isle of Crete.

Ø     Crete is about 160 miles long and up to 35 miles wide sitting in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of Greece.

Ø     When Paul left Crete churches had been established on the Isles.  These churches would have been rather young and immature, needing further training. 

Ø     Titus, an able assistant to Paul, was left to train and supervise these young churches.

Ø     Not only was Paul’s epistle a personal letter of encouragement and instruction to young “Pastor Titus”, but it was a letter that was to be read publicly.  This letter helped give Titus the authority to do what he had to do to establish Godly principles within the church.

Ø     The Book of Titus helps us learn how Godly living is to be practiced in the church.

 

In Titus 1:1-4 we are introduced to a formidable team of a veteran servant of God and a faithful protégé, both committed to the establishment of Godly churches.

1. THE PERSON

Titus 1:1 - Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ,

 

P  Why is the way a Christian views himself important?

P  What are some of the unhealthy views a Christian can have of himself?

P  Why is being a “servant” (bond slave) of God a healthy view of oneself for a Christian to have?

P  How did Paul’s being a willing slave to God impact his life?

P  How will viewing ourselves as God’s slave complicate our lives?

P  How will viewing ourselves as God’s slave simplify our lives?

P  Why should we want to be God’s slaves?

P  Suppose each Christian in our church sincerely views himself as and acts as a slave to God and our Lord Jesus Christ.  How will that effect Godly living within the church?

P  Paul was also an “apostle”.  An apostle is “one sent” by God. The apostles had seen the risen Lord, and were witnesses of the resurrection.

P  Paul probably wanted to establish his authority as an apostle in order to help Timothy when he dealt with sticky church issues.  If Paul was an apostle and Timothy was working under Paul’s direction, Timothy had the authority to do what he needed to do to bring about Godliness in the church.

P  What does a pastor have authority to do in the local church?

P  How and when should he exercise this authority?

 

2. THE PURPOSE

Titus 1:1 - …according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

v    As a bond slave to God and an apostle, Paul had two purposes mentioned here.

v    First, he was to be an evangelist. He was to be concerned with bringing the Gospel to “God’s elect”.

v    Who are “God’s elect?” John 3:16, Ephesians 1:3-6

v    Does anyone get to Heaven without personally trusting Jesus Christ as Savior? John 3:36, 1 John 5:12

v    What is the responsibility of the church in evangelism? Mark 16:15

v    What impact should the “doctrine of election” have on our witnessing?

v    Paul’s second purpose was to stress the truth according to Godliness.  Paul was to train those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior to live according to God’s truth which produces Godly living.

v    Who was Paul’s authority in teaching Godly living? What is ours?

v    Why is not striving to live a Godly life inconsistent with claiming to be a Christian?

v    Why should we want to live Godly lives?

v    Why should we want to help other Christians live Godly lives?

3. THE PERSPECTIVE

Titus 1:2 - In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

 

J    According to this verse, what is neat about eternal life?

J    What do you think the word “hope” means here?

J    How did this hope motivate Paul to evangelize and teach Godly living?

J    How and why should this same hope motivate us?

 

4. THE PROCLAMATION

 

Titus 1:3 - But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

 

Р  What is preaching?

Р  Why is preaching important? 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 

      2 Timothy 4:2

Р  What makes a person a good preacher?

     1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Р  Why should “preachers” be nervous? James 3:1,

     1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Р  Why is preaching important in the local church today?

Р  How can you help the preacher “watch for your soul?” Hebrews 13:17

5. THE PARTNER

 

Titus 1:4 - To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

è   Paul was a “spiritual father” to Titus. He probably led Titus to the Lord.

è   Titus is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, but we know from Galatians 2:1-3 that he was a Gentile who was not circumcised.

è   Titus, like Timothy, worked under Paul and often went on various assignments as an extension of Paul’s ministry.

è   Why should Godly men and women have protégés?

è   Why did Titus especially need “grace, mercy, and peace?”

è   How is God the source of “grace, mercy, and peace?”

 

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