We're In It Together!

February 5, 2017 | Tom Swanson | Titus 3:12-15


 Getting Acquainted   

1) Tell about a time when you worked together with others from church, your neighborhood or your work on a project designed to help out others and meet a need. Did working together like that have an impact on how you felt about or related to those you were working with? If so, what kind of impact was that?

 2) Tell about a time when you feel like you went through a period of growth in your life (vocational growth, relationship growth, spiritual growth, etc). What factors do you think led to that period of growth? 

 Getting into the Bible 

3) Paul mentions good works in Titus six times. It is clear here and throughout the New Testament that good works are the result of a relationship with God and not a means to a relationship with God. Look at the references to good works in Titus (1:16, 2:7, 2:14, 3:1, 3:8, 3:14). Who is to be displaying good works? What is their attitude to be towards doing good works? What do you think that might look like in your life or at CWF?  

 4) Titus 3:14 tells believers to devote themselves to good works, repeating what was said in 3:8. This is an unusual word that’s translated engage in, careful to apply yourself to, concentrate on and give time to in other versions. Look up a related form of the word in Romans 12:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 1 Timothy 3:4-5 and 1 Timothy 3:12. You might not even recognize the word, but it relates to leading or having management over. How might this help us understand what is being said about devoting ourselves to good works? How might leadership or management be involved in that process?  

 Working it out in Life

 5) Pastor Tom said in the message that as we serve together we also grow together and are bound together in God’s grace. Do you find that to be true? Does serving and doing good works together lead to spiritual growth and relational closeness both to our Father and each other?  

 6) In Titus 3:12-15 we find six individuals either named or alluded to and two groups of people referenced (do you see them all?). Pastor Tom indicated that this is a reminder that the Christian faith is deeply relational. Do you agree with that? Can we fully live out the Christian life in isolation? Why do you think we might need to be consistently around other believers?   

 Digging Deeper  

7) Looking at your own spiritual journey, have you had times when you contemplated just letting others serve and taking it easy yourself? When you were tempted to withdraw from others rather than open yourself up to them? If so, what brought you back to serving and growing together?

  8) Think for a bit about our church. Is there one thing you could do that you are not doing now that might contribute to CWF being more of a place where people know that they can connect with God and connect with others? (It can be pretty simple!)