We apologize for the tardiness of posting the sermon study this week.
This week’s sermon reflection has 2 distinct sections.
Section #1 – Church Leadership – Titus 1:5-9
What are the biggest dangers to Christians successfully growing in godliness?
READ Titus 1:5-9 to answer the following questions.
If a church has elders fulfilling their role how should that help combat the dangers you listed?
Are elders held to a different standard than the rest of the church? Why or why not?
What is the difference between being above reproach/blameless (v.6 & 7) and being perfect?
List out the 11 character qualities in v.7-8. What effect would it have on the church if a leader failed to have each character quality?
Verse 9: What might a church become if the elders fail to encourage? What if they fail to rebuke?
Have you seen or experienced the effects of under-pastoring (too lazy or detached in leadership/shepherding) or over-pastoring (too controlling with leadership/shepherding?
How do these verses shape your expectations of, and prayers for, our church leaders?
Section #2 – Rule Keepers or Gospel Lovers – Titus 1:10-16
Paul contrasts false teachers to biblical leaders in the following verses. READ 1:10-16.
The remaining questions are taken from this Titus study guide.
In verse 10, Paul speaks of the circumcision party – people who say that to be godly, you must follow certain rules and rituals that are “human commands” (v.14). In verse 12, he says that those who live this way are still “liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” So they’re very committed to following particular rules; yet they’re living very sinfully at the same time.
Think about the following issues. How could we make the mistake of being legalistic (saying everyone must abstain) or of being licentious (saying everyone can do what they like) in each area? What would godliness look like?
Think of a couple of sins you are struggling with. Are you seeking to resist them in a legalistic way, or in a Gospel way?