These outlines are provided to our congregation on Sunday mornings to assist in their own private study of God’s Word. Our hope is that we would be a Church of believers firmly rooted in God’s Word in our gatherings and our individual lives.
Titus’s Thesis: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. -Titus 2:11-12
Our Text: Titus 3:1-11, Grace Trains Us for Public Good
Public Behavior: Pursue the Good of Your City (vv. 1-2)
Past Behavior: Remember Your Life Before Christ (v. 3)
Remember Mercy: Remember What Christ Did When You Had Nothing to Give (vv. 4-8)
Remove Barriers: Do Not Tolerate Divisive Public Witness (vv. 9-11)
Purpose: In the heart of Rome’s Mediterranean trade route, Crete was a cesspool of corrupt government officials and widespread civic immorality. How would Cretan churches reach such a people? By public demonstration of love and kindness. They were to avoid any appearances of civic division and, rather, were to pursue behavior that compelled Cretans to ask what produced such lifestyles as were found in these communities of Christians. In order to remain fervent in such a corrupt region, Christians were to remember who they were when Christ’s love & kindness was poured out on them.