Complete for Sunday, October 1st
READ: Romans 4:1-16a & Genesis 15:1-21
- Is Paul suggesting we are justified by faith or by works?
- If you had to select just one verse (or line) to substantiate your answer from Romans 4, which would you choose?
- How would you define “justify” as Paul is using it in this passage? How does that relate to the word “righteousness”?
- How would you define “faith” or “believed”?
- What is the significance of Paul’s use of the word “credited” (NASB vv. 3, 4, 5, 10)?
- Paul suggest vv. 9-12 that Abraham was justified while still uncircumcised? What does this suggest about the nature of religious rituals such as baptism relative to our justification?
READ: James 2:14-26
- How might the “justification” that James is talking about differ from the “justification” that Paul is talking about?
- Are James and Paul in contradiction? Why or why not?
- Having read Romans 4 and James 2 do you think that the Protestant Reformers were correct in suggesting that a person is justified before God by faith alone? Why or why not?
READ: Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation pp. 12-17.
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