The Invite - Season 1 - Episode 3
Serving - Titus 3
Our walk with God should inspire movement in our lives. Here's an opportunity to use the passage to display God's love in a tangible way.
Submissiveness to authorities is not always an easy task, but is at the heart of service to God who is our ultimate authority. We tend to not like it because it's humbling, maybe even to the point of being humiliating.
Jesus models humble service for us, "... but humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Phil 2:8.
The trick for Jesus was that he wasn't ultimately serving these evil authorities, but serving God's purpose by being submissive them.
We don't know God's plans, but we know all things work for his purpose (Phil 2:13). So we can be submissive to authorities, trusting in God's good work.
How can you serve God by being submissive to your authorities this week?
Prayer - Titus 3
Prayer is our way of verbalizing our heart to God. We invite you to grow with us by joining in prayers offered throughout history and connecting our hearts across time.
Grant, Almighty God, that as thou shinest on us by thy word, we may not be blind at midnight, nor willfully seek darkness, and thus lull our minds asleep: but may we be roused daily by thy words, and may we stir up ourselves more and more to fear thy name and thus present ourselves and all our pursuits, as a sacrifice to thee, that thou mayest peaceably rule, and perpetually dwell in us, until thou gatherest us to thy celestial habitation, where there is reserved for us eternal rest and glory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Worship - Titus 3
The soul's response to God's activity in our lives is worship. This an invitation to grow in our expression of our love for God.
Titus 3 speaks of the incredible goodness and kindness of God. He took us from being a mess without hope to an heir of eternal life. The beautiful truths of this Scripture should light our hearts up! He deserves all! He deserves our lives being built upon the firm foundation of His holiness and grace. May this song draw you into a place of gratitude and motivation to live for Jesus.
Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You
Jesus, the Name above every other name
Jesus, the only One who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You. Oh, we live for You
Holy, there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder
Show me who You are and fill me
With Your heart and lead me
In Your love to those around me
I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken...
Critical Thinking - Titus 3
This is an invitation to grow through purposely thinking about scripture.
Although one's own salvation theology should not be completely achieved using one passage, Titus 3:4-8 is definitely a worthy addition. Here is a starting point and some questions to help you fill out your salvation theology.
Titus 3:5a He saved us ...
Answer these questions using only Titus 3:4-8
Tip: If you are not able to find specific answers in the version you are reading you might try a different version which uses verbiage more consistent with the Greek. Paraphrased versions tend to gloss over some of these details.
When did God save us?
How did He save us?
Why did He not save us?
Whom did He save us through?
What action did God engage through Jesus in the salvation process?
Do any of these answers modify how you've thought of salvation?
How do these answers affect you and your relationship with God?
Remembering Scripture - Titus 3
We believe memorizing scripture will transform your mind. and deepen your relationship with Christ.
"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
For the ambitious, add verses 13-14
waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Instruction on the transformation of our lives into Christlikeness continues in Titus 2. As we hide these verses in our hearts, we remember and focus on our need and desire to become like Him, our blessed hope.
Start slow. Find a system that works for you - lots to choose from on the internet. Decide whether you want to include the verse address in your memory. Some people do, some do not. It's a personal preference.
For additional help memorizing, you can use BibleMemory.com. This link will take you to our church page where verses from The Invite are listed. There are numerous options for memorizing with the free app and the website. Also included is a group of practice verses. You can also add your own verse. You are free to choose any Bible version for each verse. (note: you will need to create your own account in BibleMemory to use this tool.)