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Titus 1:1-4

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Opening Greeting of the Letter to Titus

Titus 1:1-4

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Lesson Number 1

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Salvation is more than fire insurance.
  2. Salvation was planned in eternity, but made known in time.

Practical Application

  1. Aren’t you glad that God cannot lie?

Questions

  1. Under what conditions was the Book of Titus written?
  2. What was the purpose of this letter?
  3. Why was Paul a “sent one” for Jesus Christ?
  4. What does it mean that salvation was planned in eternity?
  5. What does it mean that salvation was “manifest in due time”?
  6. Is there anything God cannot do?

Answers

  1. Titus was written in between Paul’s two Roman imprisonments. Titus had been left by Paul on the Isle of Crete to help build up the churches there.
  2. The purpose of this letter was to encourage Titus and to remind him of his responsibility to help establish the young churches on the Island of Crete. According to Titus 1:5, he was to “set things in order that are lacking and appoint elders.”
  3. Paul said that he was a sent one for the purpose of a) bringing to faith those God had chosen for salvation and b) perfecting that faith by teaching the truth that leads to godliness.
  4. Eternal life was promised in the eternal counsels of God before time began.
  5. Salvation was made known by the coming of Jesus Christ and the preaching of the gospel.
  6. God cannot lie, nor can He do anything inconsistent with His moral character.

Discuss/Consider

  1. What does it mean, “Salvation is more than fire insurance”?
  2. Discuss, “Teaching is not just the accumulation of Bible knowledge. It should lead to godliness.”

Challenge

  1. Are you accumulating Bible knowledge? Is this knowledge leading to godliness in your life?

Key Verses

  • “Acknowledge the truth which leads to godliness, in hope of eternal life, promised before time began and manifested in due time.” – Titus 1:1-3

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