Romans 4:1-5 Discussion Questions

Introduction

Paul reminds his readers about Abraham, their ethnic and spiritual father, who was justified by his faith rather than his works by having his debts forgiven. In doing so, we are reminded of Jesus’s command to forgive our debtors as we have been forgiven.

Discussion Questions

•    Abraham was a big deal to the Jews. They placed him on a pedestal of perfection. Is there anything wrong with looking up to heroes of the faith? Why do we have a proclivity idolize celebrities and heroes?
•    Why can we not, as John Stott says, boast before God “either creatures before their Creator or sinners before their Savior”?
•    Why is it so difficult to forgive others?
•    When it comes to forgiving others who have sinned against us, we tend to either lessen the severity of sin or leave the situation altogether without processing the sin. What is wrong with both of these scenarios?
•    What would you say to someone who struggles to forgive themselves for past sin?

What Does This Say About God?

•    He is a covenant-maker who wants to bless the nations.
•    He operates in the economy of love and faith.
•    He has forgiven us completely of our sins.

What Does This Say About Humanity?

•    We are covenant-breakers, yet God still desires to bless us.
•    We operate in an economy of “tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye.”
•    Even though we have experienced complete forgiveness, we struggle to extend the same to others and ourselves.

What Will You Do About It?

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Romans 3:27-31 Discussion Questions

Introduction

Salvation is by faith alone through Christ’s righteousness. If this is so, then what becomes of our boasting? Paul points to the obvious: if we didn’t work for it, we cannot boast about it. Instead, we boast in Christ, a boasting that is made available for all people.

Discussion Questions

•    Paul says boasting in our works is excluded from the life of a believer. Why is this? Where does boasting come from within us?
•    Read Jeremiah 9:24. How do you boast in the Lord?
•    Discuss the problem with the following sixteenth-century slogan: “God will not deny his grace to those who do what lies within their power.”
•    Why does it matter that justification is a declaration by God rather than a process we work through?
•    What is the problem with “Christianity and _______”?

What Does This Say About God?

•    God initiates, enacts, and finishes our salvation.
•    God is faithful to keep his covenant, despite knowing our proclivity to boasting in a work that is not our own
•    God desire for all people to hear his gospel.

What Does This Say About Humanity?

•    We cannot save ourselves through obedience to the Law
•    We are prone to adding something to Christianity (e.g., Christianity and politics, and social movements, and preferences, etc).
•    All of humanity is invited to come to the Lord in repentance and experience right-standing before him.

What Will You Do About It?

 

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Romans 3:21-26 Discussion Questions

Introduction

Sin and destruction loom over humanity, “but now” something has happened. God’s righteousness has been revealed to the world through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, which is available to us as a free gift of God’s grace.

Discussion Questions

•    What is the point of the Law if “works of the Law” cannot save us?
•    Discuss the following: “We are not saved by the clarity of our faith, but by the object of our faith.”
•    What does it mean that Christ has made a propitiation for our sins?
•    What does it mean that we are expiated from our sins?
•    What is the relation of our good works to our salvation, if any?

What Does This Say About God?

•    God promised that he would remain faithful to his covenant regardless of if we were faithless
•    God’s wrath for sin has been satisfied through the blood of Christ
•    God is a gracious Father who loves to shower his children with gifts

What Does This Say About Humanity?

•    We cannot save ourselves through obedience to the Law
•    We can only be declared justified by faith in Christ’s faithfulness to the Law

 

What Will You Do About It?

 

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Romans 3:5-8 Discussion Questions

Introduction
Paul continues to preemptively answer any objections raised about God’s judgment of Israel. In doing so, Paul answers the question, “If God brings all things—even our sin—to his good, then why not simply sin and let God sort things out?”

Discussion Questions

•    What does the world believe about judgment? How would you explain God’s judgment to an unbeliever?
•    The Jews rested in the covenant of blessing that God made with Israel, but conveniently forgot that the covenant also included cursing (Deut 26). Do we live under this same covenant today? Why or why not?
•    In Christ, we are no longer under the curse; however, throughout our life, we will experience discipline (Hb 12:6, 11). How is disciple a sign that God loves us?

What Does This Say About God?

•    God is a just God who cares about the covenants he makes with people
•    Because God is a righteous judge, he must judge all sin
•    God desires repentance of sin, not excuses for sin

What Does This Say About Humanity?

•    When confronted with sin, we tend to make excuses
•    In Christ, we are no longer under the curse of the law (Gal 3:13-14)
•    While are saved by Christ’s good works alone, we are saved unto a life of good works (Eph 2:10)

What Will You Do About It?

 

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What is Baptism? Discussion Questions

What is Baptism?

Discussion Questions

•    Why is baptism an important event for the follower of Jesus?
•    How would you respond to someone who believed baptism is necessary for salvation?
•    Is baptism in the New Testament a continuation of circumcision from Old Testament?  Why or why not?
•    If there’s time, share your baptism story with the group.