Small Group Studies

Study Questions for 10/17/2017

Take a moment to reread our text from Sunday and spend some time answering the following questions.
  1. Paul compiled several Old Testament quotations to demonstrate that the idea of universal sinfulness was not a new concept.  Choose one of the source passages listed below, study the context, and write a summary of how the passage contributes to Paul’s point (all of mankind is guilty before God) and why he might have chosen it.
  2. Paul is making the point that every human being is completely lost in their sinfulness.  The problem is not merely that people commit sin, but that they are enslaved to it.  Choose at least one other Scripture passages that supports this idea of our enslavement to sin.
  3. We have reached the end of a foundational section of the book of Romans.  Paul has been arguing extensively concerning the sinful depravity of the human condition.  Write a brief summary of this section (Romans 1:18-3:20) to help you crystalize the truth found here.  Focus on brevity.  Try to limit yourself to no more than 100 words.

Published on October 16, 2017 at 4:12 am |

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Study Questions for 9/21/2017

Please read Romans 2:12-16 and consider the following questions:
  • We discussed two options for the identification of the "doers of the law" in v.13: 
    • The Hypothetical Doer of the Law - the person who is able perfectly to keep the entire law and thus obtain justification by lawkeeping.  Because of our fallen nature and sinful heart, this standard is impossible to achieve.
    • The Imperfect Doer of the Law - the person who demonstrates their new life in Christ by loving the law of God and striving to honor God with how they live.  Such lawkeeping is inherently imperfect and must rely on God's grace and forgiveness.

Part of the struggle with determining Paul's meaning in this passage is that both definitions are supported by other passages in the Bible.  Find a supporting passage for both the Hypothetical Doer and the Imperfect Doer and be prepared to share any thoughts about which interpretation should be preferred.

  • We talked at some length about the reality that God has created each human soul with an innate understanding of right and wrong imprinted upon it (His moral law; think The Ten Commandments).  What are some of the implications this has on how we interact with other people?

Published on September 18, 2017 at 11:39 am |

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Study Questions - 9/5

We spent a good bit of our time on Sunday discussing the topic of moralism.  Moralism is the belief that the gospel can be reduced to changing our behavior for the better.  Here is a helpful article by Al Mohler on the subject.  We will consider the following questions in relation to the topic of moralism:

  • What are some areas of our lives that are particularly susceptible to moralism?
  • How is it that moralism creeps into these areas?
  • How does a correct view of the gospel change our approach to these areas?

Published on September 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm |

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