Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Titus and truth

Read Titus 1:1-4
Do you ever skim over the introductions to these books? Me, too. But there’s some good stuff in these introductions.

We're continuing our Tuesday study of Titus. (Don't you love these alliterations? I guess I could have written "trusty Tuesday Titus study"... Or not.)

We always want to look for repeated words and phrases when we read the Bible. Notice a few in these first few verses:
  • the knowledge of the truth (Titus 1:1)
  • God, who does not lie (Titus 1:2)
  • Titus, my true son (Titus 1:4)
What would you guess might be something that Paul examined in his letter to Titus? Truth was a big issue for Paul in this letter. And Paul coupled truth with God's nature quickly.

Now let’s make a list of attributes about God. Look at verses 2-3. What are some descriptions of God’s nature?

How did Paul describe his own ministry, according to verse 1?

Paul’s focus was not on his own abilities, but on what God had prepared him to do. Paul emphasized God’s truth. Knowledge comes from God. Anything else is not true.

Next time: Mr. Jones in Smalltown

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