The Best (and Hardest) Life

Titus 2:11–14

Our hope does not rest on ourselves, our neighbors, our politicians, or our kings, but on the one and only true and coming King. In this lab, John Piper highlights why Christ’s promised appearing far outweighs any other hope.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Titus 2:11–14:

  1. How can we say that the Christian life is the best life when — between persecution, suffering, and discipline — it proves to be so hard?
  2. Read Titus 2:13. What is our blessed hope? How does Paul talk about hope elsewhere in the book (Titus 1:1–2; 3:7)?
  3. We can easily slip into worrying about the things of this life. How can you remind yourself to set your hope on heavenly things this week?

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Principles of Bible Reading

Participles A “ing” verb that often tells us how something happens.

When you come across a participle, ask, “How did the author intend to use this word?” You can use the following list as a good starting point: purpose, result, time, cause, means, explaining a verb. Once you understand how the author is using the participle, go back and read the passage, but this time enter the appropriate connecting word before the participle (such as “by” for means or “in order that” for purpose).