Titus 3:4-7, "Salvation"
- In verse 4 Paul writes "when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us...". What is Paul referring to? Where in scripture is this appearing revealed? How do we know with certainty that our salvation is grounded in the love and kindness of God? Why is it important we know this?
- In light of your answers in question 1, in what way should the truth we find in verse 4 inform how we do evangelism? Take a moment to look at John 3:16 – 21 and fold what you find there into your answer.
- According to verse 5 who saved us, and what did not save us? Why is this important to know especially in regard to a common fear of one being able to "loose their salvation"? If you did not save you, how could you then un-save you?
- Notice that verse 4 through 7 are all one sentence. In what way is this significant in helping us understand the full wonder and power of the salvation that is found in Jesus? In what way have you experienced what is described in verses 4-7?
- It is suggested by theologians that Titus 3:4-8 is a tremendous summary of Soteriology – which is the study of the doctrine of salvation. Identify the elements that are involved in this work of salvation God accomplished for us in Christ Jesus and why are they important? (I.e. mercy, grace, regeneration, justification,…)
- In what way is the Holy Spirit involved in our salvation? What does it mean that "He was poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior"? How does this connect with "the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit"?
- Take a moment and compare each of the following passages of scripture with Titus 3:4-7. In what way are they similar and in what way do they give us additional information that helps us more fully understand the salvation that is offered by faith in Jesus?
Ephesians 2:8,9 –
Romans 10:9-13 -
Acts 4:12 (John 14:6)-
1 John 5:11-13-
John 1:12-13 -
- What have you learned? What one thing about salvation do you now have a clearer understanding of? Why is it important you know what you now know, and what are you going to do with it? What difference is it going to make?