Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our Past, Present, and Future in Christ: Titus 2

When you think of the "good ol' days" what do you think about?  What is a moment from your past that you like to hang on to?

How can people's past sometimes hold them back?

When you think about the future what most excites you?  What do you most fear about the future?

In Titus 2:11-14, Paul specifically addresses what the believers attitude should be toward their spiritual past and their spiritual future.  He also gives sound advice about how their relationship with the past and future should impact the way they live in the present.

Read Titus 2:11-14.  What phrases or words are most meaningful to you?  Why?

What are the things we are instructed to reject?  How would define these things?  Give examples.

Ungodliness and wrong passions are a part of everyone's past.  How do we get rid of them and move forward?

What do you think it means to "live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives...?"  How can one go about living a life that looks like this?

What is the "blessed hope" we are waiting for?  How does confidence in Christ's future return change the way we live today?

Verse 14 says Jesus died to redeem us from all wickedness.  Do you have wickedness in your past from which Jesus has redeemed you?  What has he done to purify you?  What parts of you still need to be purified?

How often are you "eager to do good?"  What kinds of things can you do to develop this kind of eagerness?

How can this group pray for you?

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