New Humans

Titus 3:3-8| March 19th - 25th, 2017

Warm Up: Old habits die hard. When it comes to breaking bad habits we have learned to be very firm with ourselves…even harsh at times. To stop drinking needs a program, to quit smoking typically takes gum, to lose weight needs an exercise plan and eating new foods. In short, to break a bad habit you need to fill your life with new, good habits. How have you seen this to be true either personally or in the lives of those around you? 

  • By God’s grace we have all become new humans through faith in Jesus Christ. Read Titus 3:3-8 aloud. 
  • Summarize in a sentence or two the line of thinking Paul presents in this section. 
  • Identify 3 ideas that impact you most in this section. Why did they resonate so deeply with you personally?
  • New humans, by God’s grace, demonstrate lives of new devotion and obedience. Their actions, attitudes, and words flow from a new operating system governed by God’s Holy Spirit leading them toward love and good works. 
  • How do we ‘turn up the volume' of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Let Romans 12:1-2 guide your discussion. Specifically, notice how Paul talks about both “acting” our way into thinking, as well as “thinking” our way into acting in theses verses. 
  • What is the balance between these two when it comes to growing in godliness?
  • Christians often fall of the horse in one of two ways - 1. They assimilate into the culture and look exactly like the broken world around them. 2. They cloister away in ‘holy huddles’ and retreat from the world.
  • Which is more your tendency if you had to choose one? 
  • What stance does the Book of Titus encourage us to take in this regard? 
  • What does it look like to be new humans influencing culture as salt and light? Can you give some examples?

Wrap Up: On Sunday, George encouraged all of us to ask, “what would it look like for me to do some "common good" in my community…. (or ‘some good in the hood’ ;) Discuss 1 simple way you personally can work for the common good of your neighborhood, street, kid’s school or something else. How will you plan to be within the culture, bringing the love, grace, and other-worldly values of God’s Kingdom into that place this week?