TITUS – Doing Good: Sometimes the idea of doing good and changing the world, or even changing a specific situation, seems like a tall task. Titus probably felt the same way when he was deployed by Paul to bring the Good News and “do good” on the Island of Crete. In this little book of the Bible, we read Paul’s letter to Titus, and to us, about how we can lead, influence, change the world and “do good” that makes a difference.
Week 3 – Doing Good Godly leaders are devoted to teaching what is good and doing good because God is good…and we are not. We are not good, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Titus 3:4-5
LIVE OAK CONNECTION POINT:
Next weekend, Sunday, November 26, is a Family Sunday. K-5th will worship in our main services. (Acorn Club for babies – PreK will meet as usual)
- What are your Thanksgiving plans?Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?
- What are some things you are thankful for in this season of life?
- When we read the book of Titus, it is a letter from Paul as he mentors Titus and gives Titus a big task in a tough place. Read: Titus 3:1-15. Spend some time SOAPing this passage together. Make as many observations as you can. What stands out to you in this passage?
- Why do you think Paul emphasizes submitting to those in authority to Titus in verses 1-2? *See Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17 for other times it was emphasized.
- Why do you think he follows that up by talking about slander, being considerate, peaceable, and gentle? What makes living that way so challenging?
- Paul reminds Titus of the Gospel in Titus 3:3-7. Why is it important to always remember the Gospel and our need for Jesus and everyone’s need for Jesus?
- When do you first remember knowing your need for Jesus?
- Why does Paul emphasize to Titus the importance of dealing with false teachers? Why does sound doctrine and teaching what is good matter?
- In Titus 3:14, Paul emphasizes the main theme of Titus, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.” What is the good that you know God wants you to do?
- What else stood out from Titus 3 and the message this week?
Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step? Be specific.
MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge yourself or your group to commit this verse to memory: Titus 3:4-5 “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…”
Spend some time praying for each other.
Scripture References: Titus 3:1-15; Titus 2:15; Titus 2:11-14; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17; Matthew 5:9; James 3:9; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:23-25; Ephesians 4:20-24; Luke 17:1-5; Matthew 18:15