SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. (Titus 2:11-12)
Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:13-14)
Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (Titus 2:15)
As a guide for how to organize Cretan churches, Paul’s letter to Titus is also abundantly applicable to us today. We have already studied chapter one in which Paul presented his vision of leadership within the church. His idea of multiple pastors living above reproach lives was in sharp contrast to the false teachers that surrounded them. In chapter two, Paul brought the discussion to church members as a whole, encouraging them toward intentional discipleship and evangelism.
Thus far in Titus, it is easy to notice how many commands and exhortations Paul gives to us. Good works seem to be emphasized much by the apostle with little time spent on defining sound doctrine. These verses, however, give attention to the reason behind every command and work: the gospel. The opening word “for” ties our present text as being the motivation for living a life of discipleship and evangelism.
The reasoning behind God’s commands is never “just because”. He always has a plan and a purpose (even if we may not see it presently). Paul contends that we share the gospel because the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people. That God did not leave us condemned in sin is truly good news. That God offers that salvation to everyone is even better. We are not to share the gospel because God commanded it; rather, we must do so because God’s offer of salvation is too great to keep to ourselves.
Read verses 11-12 and discuss the following.
- Paul begins this section by stating that the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people. Does this good news mean that all people will be saved? Why or why not?
- How does the gospel train us to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives?
Read verses 13-14 and discuss the following.
- In addition to being trained by the gospel to live godly lives, we are to also wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of Jesus, our God and Savior. Why is the second coming of Christ so important. Why is it called our blessed hope?
Read verse 15 and discuss the following.
- Just as the chapter began, Paul ends by urging Titus to proclaim the truth of God. From where does Titus’ authority for exhortations and rebukes come?
ACTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Share the gospel. Because this text provides the motivation for discipleship and evangelism, it is best to consider both how and why we do them. Our proper response to a true understanding of the gospel must be to share it with those we love.
- God has given salvation by grace for all people; therefore, pray that those who do not know God’s grace would hear and receive it.