1. What is the author doing in this portion of Scripture? How would you describe what is happening here?
2. There are three components to this section. 1. The author 2. The person being written to and 3. A greeting. Which of these three components receives the most attention?
3. Who is the author? What are some of the things you know about him from your study of Scripture? What does Paul say about himself here?
4. Compare what Paul says about himself here with the greetings in 1 and 2 Timothy. What are some of the similarities? What are some of the differences you notice?
5. What do you think it means to be a servant of God?
6. What do you think it means to be an apostle of Jesus Christ?
7. Look up the following Scriptures and write down what they tell you about being an apostle.
2 Corinthians 12:12
8. What does Paul say he is an apostle for?
9. What are some of the ways Paul’s ministry helped and even still helps the faith of God’s elect?
10. What does God’s elect mean? What comfort could a believer find from that phrase?
11. What are some possible ways you and I could be for the faith of God’s elect?
12. How is the phrase, “truth which accords with godliness” similar to the phrase in chapter 2:1? If you think of the word accord as meaning something like matches, what might Paul mean when he talks about truth that accords with godliness?
13. What is godliness? Why is it important according to this verse? Do you think you can separate truth from godliness? Why or why not?
14. What are some of the ways that Paul worked that God’s people might come to know the truth which accords to godliness? How hard did he work for this? (You might turn to Colossians 2:1ff and notice what Paul says there about his efforts.) What sacrifices did he make as he worked for this?
15. What are some ways you might work that God’s people might grow in their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness?
16. What did Paul work for the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth in?
17. What do you normally mean if you say I do a certain action in hope of something else? What do you think Paul might mean when he says that he is for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth in hope of eternal life?
18. What is hope, biblically?
19. What is eternal life?
20. What does Paul say about this hope of eternal life? Whose idea was it? Why can we be sure of it? How long has God been planning and promising it? Imagine this verse as a time line describing the hope of eternal life – what happened with hope when?
21. What has God done with the word Paul preaches?
22. Read back through the passage and note all the things Paul describes God as doing and all the ways he describes God. What stands out to you? What can you take comfort from?
22. Who is Paul writing to? What do you know about him from other passages of Scripture? What do you know about him from this passage of Scripture? What is he doing currently in Crete? As you glance throughout the rest of the book of Titus, can you think of any reasons why Paul might have spent so much time discussing what his responsibility was? In other words, how might Paul talking about himself helped Titus as he went about his work?
23. What are grace and peace? Where do grace and peace come from?
24. What does Paul call Christ in verse 4? What does he call God in verse 3? What is the significance of that?
25. Make a list of truths from this passage that encouraged you.
26. Write down anything in this passage that you still have questions about.
27. Is there any way you can think or act differently on the basis of what you have studied here?