Hold Firmly to the Trustworthy Message
Questions for Study 1
Memory Verse: 2:13
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I. Greetings (1-4)
1. Who is the sender of this letter? How does he identify himself? Why has he been appointed these?
2. 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)
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?
II. Titus' Task at Crete (5-16)
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. 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; and 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
9. Who are the pure and the corrupted? (15) What is a difference between the two?
10. What is a belief that the corrupted obtain 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?