In what ways do you feel like the message of God has been “entrusted” to you? Does such language alter the value you place on that message? In what ways?
Why would being an “empty talker and deceiver” be such a challenge to a life of faith for Titus? For us?
Why do you think people find it so challenging to take up Paul’s instruction to rebuke those who are not being faithful? How easy is this for you and to what extent might you think you need to do this more?
If you were going to teach “sound doctrine,” what sort of things would you teach?
How has the appearance of Christ redeemed and purified you?
What changes in your life can you point to that were the result of this redemption and purification?
How well are you submissive to rulers and authorities? Do you think Paul would continue to hold this stance today? Why or why not?
How hard are you working to prove how right you are in your relationships with others? If Jesus saved you because of his mercy—and not your rightness—how should your focus about being right change?
How comforting is it to know that we have the hope of eternal life? Who can you share that hope with today?
What would be a modern-day situation like the one we find here in the book of Philemon?
How bold would one have to be to request someone to take back a runaway slave when that slave’s action merits a much different reaction? What would give someone that boldness?
How has someone coming to faith created a change in your relationship with them? In what ways were you able to celebrate that change?
How has a study of Jesus and his life served to clarify for you the message of the prophets?
Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God and an exact imprint of him, according to the writer of Hebrews. What have you learned about God through your examination of the life of Jesus?