Bible Study April 10, 2019

LESSON ELEVEN: "There is No Condemnation in Christ".

Wednesday April 10, 2019

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Please click HERE to watch the video for April 10, 2019

                    

                                       KEY STORY:

                              Paul meets the risen Christ

                                       (ACTS 9:1-19)

                                       GOD’S PROMISE:  

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.                  (ROMANS 8:1)

                                         My promise:

I will find forgiveness in the finished work of Christ.

                                          READING

This week, you and your group will be studying God’s promise in his Word that there is no condemnation for those who make the decision to belong to Christ Jesus. Before your group meeting, read chapter 8 in Unshakeable Hope: “No Condemnation.” Spend some time using the following personal study to reflect on what you’ve read.

  1. How did Paul go from being the self-righteous persecutor of the church to the apostle of God’s grace? How did God help him see his true condition?
  2. How does Paul describe our problem when it comes to sin?
  3. What does Paul say that God did with our spiritual debt?
  4. What is the significance of the curtain in the temple being torn in two at the moment of Jesus Christ death?

                                      CONSIDER

Now take some time to allow this promise from God to take root in your heart by reflecting on the following passages of Scripture. Begin by preparing your heart in prayer. Take a deep breath, be still, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal truth as you engage God.

  1. Read Isaiah 53:4-6. What does this passage say about your condition before God? What did Christ do to remove this condition from you?
  2. Read Romans 3:21-26. How does this passage show that God never compromised his standard when it comes to punishing sin?
  3. Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. How did God bring reconciliation between himself and humankind? What is your part in sharing this good news with others?
  4. Read 2 Peter 2:21-25. What example did Jesus set for you? How should your life change when you choose to accept Jesus’ sacrifice for you on the cross?

                                       REFLECT

  1. Think about some of the people in your life who still need to hear this promise of no condemnation in Christ. Write down some ways you could begin to be an ambassador for God in reaching these people. Pray for God’s strength and wisdom.
  2. Consider what fresh discoveries surfaced from this session’s reading and personal study. Write anything that you would like to share with the group in the space below.
  3. Close by thinking about an action step you could take to increase your awareness of this promise from God or share it with another person.

                                      VIDEO TEACHING

As you watch the video for session eleven, use the following outline to record any additional takeaways from the teaching.

Financial liability leads to bankruptcy, but spiritual liability leads to separation from God.

God left Paul with scales on his eyes so thick the only direction he could look was inward.

Paul embraced the improbable offer that God would make him right through Jesus.

Paul understood none of us can meet the perfect standard of Christ.

God’s solution was to place our sin on his Son and punish it there.

                                   GROUP DISCUSSION   

Take a few minutes with your group members to discuss what you just watched and explore these concepts in Scripture.

  1. What statement in the video teaching affected you the most? Why?
  2. What are some ways that people try to pay their spiritual debt through good works? What is the basic problem with this approach?
  3. What are some ways that people try to deny they have a spiritual debt? What is the basic problem with this approach?
  4. What is your definition of Grace? What is your understanding of how Jesus provided the solution to humanity’s problem of spiritual debt?
  5.  What is your specific action step to live out this promise of God this week?