27: Adorning the Doctrine of God (Tit
As we have seen
in our last lesson, Titus’ immediate responsibility was to appoint elders and
guard the church against false teachings. The next task Titus had to do was to
speak things that befit sound doctrine and this refers to teaching each group
of members to cultivate spiritual virtues and fulfill their roles in the home.
Paul laid out to Titus what he had to teach, why he had to teach and how to
teach the believers.
“For the grace of God that
brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness
and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the
present age” (2:11-12).
1. List all the ethical requirements for each group
of members. If needed, explain their meaning and think of present-day
1a. Older men
1b. Older women
1c. Young women
1d. Young men
2. What are the objectives of these ethical
3. What kind of example does Titus have to show
4. How would you explain to someone the meaning of
4a. Sober (also
translated as sensible, discreet, self-controlled; 2,5,6,12)
5. Where else in the Bible is the topic on
6. How can we apply the teachings on bondservants
to today’s context?
7. In what sense can our lives “adorn the doctrine
of God our Savior”?
8. Which of the groups mentioned in this passage
do you belong to? Think about how to apply the teachings to that specific group
to your own life.
9. How do verses 11-14 relate to the previous
10. According to
this paragraph, in what ways does the saving grace of God motivate us to live
redeemed people ought to be “zealous for good works” (14). Is such zeal lacking
in your life? What kind of good works should you start actively carrying out?
12a. How is Titus supposed to teach?
between exhortation and rebuke.
12c. “With all authority”
(15). What is this authority based on?