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What does this mean?

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

So far in this study we have examined a few basic truths about God. It's time to turn our attention upon ourselves for a moment. If there is a God and if He made me, then it follows that I have a relationship with Him. The next logical question is: Who am I and what does this mean for me?

 

  1. Humanity is depicted in the Bible as God's crowning achievement in creation. We are created to give God glory and honor. Yet, the sad story of human history and our personal history shows a different picture. We are going to start this lesson by looking at the bad news. Read Romans 3:23. What is the truth about all of humanity?
  2. Read 1 John 3:4. How does this verse define sin? Whose law is being broken in this verse?
  3. Read John 8:34. What does Jesus say happens to people who sin? How does that show up in peoples' lives? Have you seen any of that in yourself? In verse 36, what does He say He can do?
  4. Read Romans 6:23. What is the consequence of sin? What is the free gift of God?
  5. The word “grace” has a particular definition in Christian terminology. It means undeserved love. When we didn't deserve it, God loved us. It is His grace. Read Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the startling truth in these verses?
  6. Read Romans 5:8. How did God demonstrate that grace?
  7. The “Gospel” is the good news that Jesus died to pay the price of our sins and rose from the dead to conquer our sin and death. Read Romans 1:16. What is the power in the Gospel?
  8. Read Hebrews 11:1. What is the definition of faith?
  9. Turn again to Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the role of faith in our salvation? Both our salvation and our faith are called what? Why can we not boast?
  10. “Jesus is Lord” was the first “creed” of the New Testament Church. Read 1 Corinthians 12:3. What is essential for us to confess Jesus as Lord?

 

Questions for thought/discussion:

  1. Analyze the saying, “It doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere.”
  2. Is it easy for you to trust others? If so, why? If not, why not? What bearing might that have on your spiritual journey of trusting God?
  3. In what way do people get enslaved to sin? What does it take to be freed? How do 12-step programs shed light on this?

 

Suggested further activity:

  1. Ask a close and trusted friend to have lunch with you. Try to tell that person where you are right now in your relationship with God. Then share the most personally challenging point of this lesson.
  1. For further reading, read pages 93-98 and 160-164 of Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.

 

What does this mean?

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

So far in this study we have examined a few basic truths about God. It's time to turn our attention upon ourselves for a moment. If there is a God and if He made me, then it follows that I have a relationship with Him. The next logical question is: Who am I and what does this mean for me?

 

  1. Humanity is depicted in the Bible as God's crowning achievement in creation. We are created to give God glory and honor. Yet, the sad story of human history and our personal history shows a different picture. We are going to start this lesson by looking at the bad news. Read Romans 3:23. What is the truth about all of humanity?
  2. Read 1 John 3:4. How does this verse define sin? Whose law is being broken in this verse?
  3. Read John 8:34. What does Jesus say happens to people who sin? How does that show up in peoples' lives? Have you seen any of that in yourself? In verse 36, what does He say He can do?
  4. Read Romans 6:23. What is the consequence of sin? What is the free gift of God?
  5. The word “grace” has a particular definition in Christian terminology. It means undeserved love. When we didn't deserve it, God loved us. It is His grace. Read Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the startling truth in these verses?
  6. Read Romans 5:8. How did God demonstrate that grace?
  7. The “Gospel” is the good news that Jesus died to pay the price of our sins and rose from the dead to conquer our sin and death. Read Romans 1:16. What is the power in the Gospel?
  8. Read Hebrews 11:1. What is the definition of faith?
  9. Turn again to Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the role of faith in our salvation? Both our salvation and our faith are called what? Why can we not boast?
  10. “Jesus is Lord” was the first “creed” of the New Testament Church. Read 1 Corinthians 12:3. What is essential for us to confess Jesus as Lord?

 

Questions for thought/discussion:

  1. Analyze the saying, “It doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere.”
  2. Is it easy for you to trust others? If so, why? If not, why not? What bearing might that have on your spiritual journey of trusting God?
  3. In what way do people get enslaved to sin? What does it take to be freed? How do 12-step programs shed light on this?

 

Suggested further activity:

  1. Ask a close and trusted friend to have lunch with you. Try to tell that person where you are right now in your relationship with God. Then share the most personally challenging point of this lesson.
  1. For further reading, read pages 93-98 and 160-164 of Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.

 

 






 






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