SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. (Titus 3:3)
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become he irs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)
The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. (Titus 3:8)
Paul’s letter to Titus is all about Jesus’ church. The first chapter centered on church leadership, where the apostle addressed pastors, their qualifications, and how to spot false teachers. The second chapter took aim at church members, calling all Christians to make disciples and evangelize the lost. Of course, Paul was quick to remind us that we only share the gospel because we have been saved by the glorious grace of God. We then began the final chapter by discussing Paul’s seven exhortations for living out the gospel in our daily life.
As with chapter two, this penultimate section of our study provides the motivation behind the commands of the previous verses. Even if, under our best effort, we were able to flawlessly obey the exhortations that Paul gave, they would be pointless without the proper inspiration propelling them forward. In other words, good works without a God-loving heart are not godly works.
This is why Paul dives back into the gospel message with these verses. The apostle is entirely aware that our hearts are prone to forget the great grace and mercy that we have received, which can lead us to believe that our works are sufficient for salvation. For this reason, it is important that we remember that God saved us, “not because words done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy.”
Read verse 3 and discuss the following.
- In this verse, Paul reminds us who we were before Jesus saved us. Are Paul’s descriptions true of you before Christ?
- What is the great enemy of joy and why?
Read verses 4-7 and discuss the following.
- Here Paul claims that God’s mercy saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. What is baptism’s relationship to salvation?
- What is the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation?
Read verse 8 and discuss the following.
- Paul urges Titus to insist upon these things. Why does Paul insist upon the gospel?
ACTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Obey. Paul’s aim in these verses are to give us the proper motivation for obeying verses 1-2; therefore, live gentle, loving lives because God first loved us.
- Pray. Thank God for the His mercy in saving you from your sins.