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Titus 3:1-2

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Obeying Civil Authorities and to being Good Citizens

Titus 3:1-2

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Lesson Number 7

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Godly believers are good citizens.
  2. Godly believers are good neighbors.

Practical Application

  1. Has anyone asked you lately, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

Questions

  1. List the three possible themes of the Book of Titus.
  2. What did Paul write in addition to his reminder to Titus to build up the churches and appoint elders?
  3. List the four areas through which God channels His authority.
  4. Are Christians always obligated to obey civil authorities?
  5. How is civil authority appointed?
  6. What does it mean to be ready for every good work?

Answers

  1. “Adorning the Doctrine;” “Making Christianity Attractive;” and “Be What You Believe.”
  2. He told him to exhort the Cretan Christians to live more godly lives, particularly in view of the ungodly culture of the Cretans.
  3. the home, the church, in the area of labor, and through civil government.
  4. Yes, with the exception when civil authorities issue a law which is directly contrary to the word of God.
  5. By God. See Romans 13:1-2.
  6. It means to be open to community and civil service.

Discuss/Consider

  1. We often hear people bad-mouthing the authorities. As Christians, how should we deal with this?
  2. How are you being a good neighbor?

Challenge

  1. Are you praying for those in authority over you? See 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Key Verses

  • “Be subject to rulers and authorities, obey, be ready for every good work, speak evil of no one, be peaceable, gentle, and show all humility to all men.” – Titus 3:1-2

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