23 Jun Discussion Guide: The Gospel Is For Everyone Week 9
Community Groups Vision
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This week we continue our series The Gospel is for Everyone. There are many things in our world that look and feel like they are only for the select few, the wealthy, the powerful, the privileged. In a world that seems so unfair at times, we are going to take a look at something that knows no prejudice and shows no favoritism, and yet it is the most powerful thing the world has ever seen. We are going to take a look at the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that is for everyone who believes.
What is the most valuable thing you have, and what makes it so valuable to you?
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods
“When people say, “I know God forgives me, but I can’t forgive myself,” they mean that they have failed an idol, whose approval is more important than God’s.”
Why do you think failure has such a powerful impact on our thoughts and emotions?
Why do you think it’s so hard for us to forgive ourselves and let go of our failures?
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
How does Romans 5:1 confront and defeat the idolatry that keeps us in guilt and shame?
“Through Him, we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Let’s break down this verse a bit. How you explain the following phrases:
- “Access by faith…”
- “Into this grace in which we stand…”
- “Rejoice in hope…”
Why are grace and unconditional love so hard for us to accept?
What does that reveal about our hearts?
“For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
What is this ‘freedom‘ for which Christ has set us free?
Have you ever seen guilt and shame keep someone bound up and unable to life a life of freedom?
Have guilt and shame ever kept you from being who God created you to be?
How does the Gospel set us free from that bondage?