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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Topics for 4/4

Please read the passage and be prepared to discuss the topics.

Philippians 3:1-7

  • Paul warned the Philippians about those who would add to the gospel additional requirements for salvation.  Can you think of some modern parallels?  Both within evangelical christianity and without.

  • Why do you think this warning was so important to Paul?

  • Why is it so difficult for us to stop putting confidence in the value of our personal righteousness?

  • What are the benefits of a life that counts all personal righteousness as loss compared to what we have in Christ?

Published on April 4, 2017 at 11:57 am |

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Paul's Prayer for the Philippians

Questions for discussion:
  1. Restate Paul's prayer for the Philippian church in your own words as if you were framing the prayer for a member of your church.
  2. Find another example in the Bible of one believer praying for another and briefly summarize the prayer.
  3. We talked about making choices that direct us towards what is "excellent" instead of just what is "good" or "acceptable."  Provide a few examples of how this works.
  4. We also talked about the pivotal truth that our spiritual progress is the result of God's gracious working in us ("the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ").  Find another passage of Scripture that speaks to our reliance on God for spiritual growth.

Published on January 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm |

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