28: Doing God’s Works (Tit 3:1-15)
Paul shifts his
instructions from conduct for specific groups to conduct in general. He also
broadens the context to interactions with all men, not just fellow believers.
Paul’s instructions are followed by a convincing explanation of the basis for
such instructions. He then advises Titus how to deal with dissension in the
church and then ends his letter with a reminder, some personal instructions,
and a farewell.
“This is a faithful saying, and
these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in
God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and
profitable to men” (3:8).
Did You Know…?
1. “Maintain” (3:8,14):
The Greek word so translated has in it the thought of priority, such as
“devoting oneself before all else to.”3/74
2. “Genealogies” (3:9): “Jewish false teachers
often expanded the Old Testament genealogical lists and interwove fanciful
myths around the names.” 3/74
1. Which verses
speak of good works? What does each of them say about our attitude toward good
1. Why must we be subject to rulers and authority?
2. What does it mean to speak evil of someone?
3. Illustrate what it means to be gentle and
4. How do we show all humility to all men?
5. According to this paragraph, what is the basis
for the commands in the previous paragraph?
6. Compare this paragraph with 2:11-14.
7a. Why are our
works of righteousness unable to save us?
7b. Why did Jesus save us?
7c. How does Jesus save us?
8. Explain the washing of regeneration and the
renewing of the Holy Spirit.
9. How do the words “washing,” “regeneration” and
“renewing” relate to the subject of good works?
10. “Not by
works of righteousness” (5). Does this contradict the necessity of good works
which Paul keeps emphasizing? Explain your answer.
11. According to
this paragraph, what are profitable and what are unprofitable?
12. How does
doing good works profit men?
13. What are the
two main ways to deal with divisions in the church?
14. What two
things does Paul ask Titus to do in verses 12 and 13? What can we learn from
15a. What was the final reminder about?
15b. Why must we make sure that we are not unfruitful?