There are many paradoxes to the gospel, one of which is that it exhorts us to good works while simultaneously teaching that such good works do not make us right with God. Rather, works show the world and confirm to those who doubt that God has, indeed, graciously saved us by Jesus, the only righteous One.
Read Titus 3:1-3.
- What is significant about the fact that Paul called on Titus to “remind” his congregation of the series of imperatives in verses 1-3?
- Have you ever experienced a situation in which unbelievers were able to watch your reaction to a challenging life situation?
Read Titus 3:4-8.
- How can we know for sure that salvation is purely a matter of God’s mercy and not a reward for our good works?
- What difference does it make that God saves us out of His great mercy and not because of anything we do?
Taking it Home:
- How do our good works benefit others, and how do they benefit us?
- How can you say “thank you” to God in the next few days for His saving grace toward you?
- What is one way you can serve others in your home, workplace, or church this week?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
1 Peter 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20; 1 Timothy 6:11-19; Hebrews 10:24-39; Micah 6:6-13; 2 Samuel 9.