Today is Thursday, February 8th, 2018. Do we have grace from God because we do what He says? No. This would be a failed endeavor. We were given the Law to show our need for God’s grace. We are now justified through Christ's life, death and resurrection. God’s wrath was poured out and Christ fulfilled the law. We are no longer under the law. Our transgressions have been erased through our faith in God’s grace.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Do you have faith in God’s grace or your moral ability?
_ Do you believe that there are no transgressions between you and God?
Take a moment to thank God for his grace. That Christ has fulfilled the law and we are no longer under that law that brings God’s wrath but has had our transgressions erased.
DISCOVER [Romans 4:15-16]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
_ What does the law bring?
_ No law means no what?
_ What depends on faith?
_ What does the promise rest on?
_ Who is the promise guaranteed to?
_ Who should we share the faith of?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are you an adherent of the law or one who shares the faith of Abraham?
_ Do you think of God as wrathful or merciful?
_ How can you share Abraham's faith? Read the bible daily? Join a community? Confess a transgression?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?