Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Paul is so good at encouraging believers to always follow God’s truth. Most importantly He does not shy away from the messy business of getting to the heart of the problem in our faith life, while encouraging us to move in the right direction.
He speaks life to us in every one of the letters he has written to the different churches, and to Timothy and Titus. I so appreciate these words that have been preserved for us and, for me personally, this has proven so important for me to read. It is giving me a fresh perspective on how to offer encouragement to others while keeping the focus on the hard truths that we, as Christians, need to continue to share.
Stand firm on God’s word, do not waver from what you know is right and godly…
Today’s Bible Reading Assignment – The Book of Titus
“This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. 3 And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.” Titus 1:2-3
Study Questions for Titus 1
Who is the sender of this letter? How does he identify himself? Why has he been appointed these?
What does our faith and knowledge of Jesus rest on? (2) when did God give us this? What are some of God’s promises to us? (Matt. 28:18-20; John 8:24, 11:25-26, 14:3)
Who is the recipient, how is he identified, and how did he hear the gospel? Where can we obtain grace and peace? Why list both, why that order, and what does this personally mean to you?
Titus’ Task at Crete (5-16)
Where was Crete? (Acts 22:5-12) Why did Paul leave Titus there? What can we learn by the fact that elders had not yet been appointed? Does Paul’s comment in verse 5 imply that every Christian congregation needs elders?
What are some requirements for elders and explain the need for each one? (6, 7b-8) What is another title of an elder? (7a) What are they entrusted with?
How should an elder view God’s word? (9) What should an elder remember about where they received God’s word? Why is an understanding important? What does this tell us about the core of God’s work for an elder?
What is a constant threat to Christian congregations? (10) Who was the circumcision group that was a threat in Paul and Titus’ day? (Acts 15:5, 19-21; Gal. 5:6-12) What was the task of the elders in regard to false teachers and teachings? (11) Why? What does this tell us about the core groups in a congregation?
What is the meaning behind the statement in verse 12 and who is it directed to? What is the hope a sharp rebuke will do to the Cretans? why might Jewish myths seem important and why are they told? (John 4:22; Rom. 9:4-5) What can we learn so that no one is not lead astray? (Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
Who are the pure and the corrupted? (15) What is a difference between the two?
What is a belief that the corrupted claim and what do they mean by this claim? (16) How can we tell if their claim is true? What kind of people are they in God’s sight even though on the outside they seem pious?
“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” Titus 2:11-14
Study Questions for Titus 2
Teach Sound Doctrine (1-5)
What is required of all Bible teachers? (1) What is sound doctrine? Why is this so important?
What does sound doctrine have to say about older men? (2) Since this must be taught what can be learned about man’s fallen state?
What does sound doctrine have to say about older women? (3) Why is it better for older women to teach younger women the way of the Lord? (4-5) What should they teach?
Self Controlled and Trustworthy (6-10)
What does young men need to be taught and why? (6) What are some of the teaching directions given in verses 7 thru 8? What is another benefit of living this way? (8b)
How can verse 9 be applied to today’s world? What further direction and effect of that direction is found in verse 10? How is Joseph and Daniel good examples? (Genesis 39:3-10; Daniel 2:14-16, 27-28)
While We Wait (11-15)
What is the grace of God that brings salvation? (11; John 1:14, 17)
How are we to be different from those who aren’t true believers? (12) What does “this present age” imply about the soon to begin next age? (Rev. 20:4-6)
What is our hope? (13) Does anyone know the exact day or hour he will come and how should this play into our day-to-day life? (Matt. 24:42-44)
What does the word “redeem” mean in verse 14? Who purified us and how did he do that? (Rev. 1:5-6) Why did he purify us?
How are encouragement and rebuke alike and unique? (15) Why might people despise us and how should we do our best to avoid it? (Isaiah 66:5; Matt. 10:24-25; John 15:18-21)
“But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.” Titus 3:4-8
Study Questions for Titus 3
Doing What is Good (1-11)
What six things are we instructed to do in verses 1 and 2? Why might these be hard to do? What is one reason that we must not obey authorities? (Acts 4:18-20)
Why is remembering our former state important? (3) What happened that our former state ended? (4) Did he save us because of any redeeming good quality in us? (5a) What needed to take place for our new state to begin? (5b) What does this mean?
What is true about all true believers? Why? (7) What does justified mean? Why is the teaching of these things so important? (8)
What are we, especially Bible teachers tempted to do? (9) Why is this unwise?
Instead of getting entangled by arguments and quarrels what simple things are we do? (10) If a person insists on arguing with us what can we be sure of that person? (11) Is it are duty to teach a person and/or to change a person?
Final Remarks (12-15)
Why is Paul sending to Titus and what was the purpose? (12; Acts 20:4-5; Eph. 6:21-22; Col. 4:7-9; 2 Tim. 4:12)
Who was Zenas and Appollos and how was Titus to help them (13; Acts 18:24-28; 1 Cor. 3:6) What can we learn from Titus about hospitality toward fellow believers who are only visiting our congregation?
What should we devote ourselves to? What does the fact that it must be learn imply about the sinful nature? Does this mean we should not be self supportive?
What does “daily necessities” include? What should we do with income that exceeds our daily necessities? (Luke 16:9-12)
How does Paul conclude his letter to Titus? (15)