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Titus 3:1-8: Inductive Bible Study Questions provides colored observation, interpretation and application questions for Titus 3:1-8 so that one can become familiar with the different kinds of study questions that comprise a good study. This is an excellent resource for small groups or adult Sunday School on learning the basic skills needed for inductive Bible studies.
1 Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2 to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. 3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God may be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. (NASB)
Who does the ‘we’ describe (3:3)? Why do you think so?
How did Paul describe “our lives” in the past (3:3)?
Does this mean that all believers are free from malice, envy, enslavement to lusts, etc.?
What might we say to a believer who believes he cannot escape the impact of his ongoing sinful nature? (Maybe he feels like a victim to his addiction).
What historical event was able to generate such a change in their lives (3:4)?
How does Paul describe the means by which a person is saved (3:5)?
We often hear the phrase ‘Jesus saved me.’ How would Titus 3:4-5 encourage us to more accurately phrase that?
Would you say that you have been saved? When? Describe that work.
How does the ‘washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit’ describe the spiritual changes that happen to a new believer (3:5-6)?
What outward changes in your life testify to the hidden work of the Holy Spirit?
What does ‘justified by grace’ mean (3:7)?
Share about someone who believes one is ‘saved by works’ rather than ‘saved by grace’? Why is this point important clarifying?
What is the result of being justified (3:7)?
Why might Paul use these words ‘eternal life’ to describe the believers’ inheritance (3:7)?
What does Paul tell Titus to do in 3:8?
Why do you think Paul needs to state, “This is a trustworthy statement” (3:8)?
Why does Paul state these things to Titus? What is his goal?