Today's passage: Titus 2:11-15
- Paul answers the “why” and the “how” concerning the cooperation, obedience and growth of a community of people consisting of those who are older, younger, men, women, upper class, lower class, and all kinds of other social backgrounds the world would think ought to divide us.
- Our salvation is through Christ.
- Our identity is in Christ.
- Our future is with Christ.
- Our living is for Christ.
- When we exhort and rebuke under Christ, for Christ and with the word of Christ, we can do so with authority. Not our own, but in pointing people to their Lord and Savior.
Questions to consider:
- How does the concept of a person praying to be saved and then living no differently than before they heard the gospel hold up in relation to this passage? What will be true in the life of a believer? In their desires and in their actions?
- What are some areas of our identity in Christ in this passage that you might not consider as often? What does being a follower of Christ include?
- What does it mean to disregard loving rebuke and exhortation? What should we do if/when a brother or sister in Christ lovingly seeks to challenge our thinking or actions? How does Galatians 6:1 help us to know how to approach exhortation and rebuke?