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Small Group Notes: The Book of Titus Week 3

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Small Group Study Questions

Titus 2:1-10 November 9, 2020

 

Getting Started: What would your definition be of someone who is “older”? How about “younger”? If you were required to take one of those two labels, which would it be?

 

Digging In: Read Titus 2:1-10. Paul addresses 5 different social segments and what is “appropriate to sound doctrine”

 

1. Do you usually connect sound doctrine with good behavior?  How do they connect?

 

2. While all doctrine is good for all of us, Paul identifies that different people need specific reminders about what is “appropriate”. 

- Older men- What are the specific topics they need to be reminded of?  Why do you believe Paul included these topics?

 

- Older women- What are the specific topics they need to be reminded of?  Why do you believe Paul included these topics?

       * Why do you think Paul needed to mention some aspect of being sober to these two groups? (He didn’t for younger people.)

 

- Younger women- What are the specific topics they need to be reminded of?  Why do you believe Paul included these topics?

 

- Younger men- Paul only mentioned one topic directly, and then the example of Titus. Why the one topic?

       * Three of the four groups were encouraged to be “self-controlled”? Why?  How would this contrast Cretan culture? (1:12)

       * vs. 7- Titus was to set an example by doing what is good.  What would be on the list of doing what is good?

       * vs. 8- Paul assumes that Titus has opposition.  What will happen to these if Titus follows Paul’s advice.  How would this apply to our current culture?

 

- Slaves- What are the specific topics they need to be reminded of?  Why do you believe Paul included these topics?

       * Notice that Paul did not condemn or approve of slavery. Why do you think that was his approach?

       * The message would seem to be that our behavior is determined by sound doctrine, not by whatever political system we are involved with.  How does that play out in American culture?

 

How does doing good make the teaching about God our Savior attractive?

 

Pastor Sean stressed the importance of reading the Bible so that our lives are shaped by God’s Truth.  What are your best practices for spending time in God’s Word?  What causes you to struggle in spending time in God’s Word?

 

What aspect of your season of life needs the most help in being shaped by sound doctrine?

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