Complete for Sunday, October 8th
READ: Galatians 2:15-21
- In v. 15 Paul is suggesting that even as a Jewish person, a member of God’s chosen people, he had to be justified by faith in Christ. If even God’s privileged people had to be justified by Jesus, what does this tell you about the necessity of faith in Jesus?
- If we are not justified by the Law of God, then what do you think is the purpose of the Law (see Galatians 3:19-24, Romans 3:20 and Romans 7:7-8 for further consideration)?
- What do you think Paul means by v. 18? Consider it in its context.
- According to v. 21, what would nullify the grace of God that comes through Christ? How so?
- What’s so problematic with saying that salvation does not come through Christ alone? What’s wrong with saying, “Salvation comes through Christ and….”?
- According to v. 20 what motivated Christ to give himself up for us?
READ: John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 2:2
- In John 14:6 and 1 Timothy 2:3-6 are Jesus and Paul suggesting that the only way to God is through Jesus?
- To suggest that Jesus is the only way to God is not a popular view. Why do you think this is the case?
- Is this belief “narrow”? Why or why not?
- How might the “exclusivity” of Christ (Jesus being the only way to God), actually lead to and be the basis for the inclusion of many who might not otherwise be able to get in based on their pedigree or moral/religious performance?
READ: Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation pp. 12-17 again.
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