Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Religion Won't Get You to Heaven
Saturday, April 5, 2014
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Grace is the air that Christians breathe. Our life in Christ begins with grace, it is sustained by grace, and one day it will culminate in a glory fueled by grace. So why do we so easily fall into the trap of believing we have something to prove? Why do we feel like we need to earn God's favor? This tendency in the Galatian church was enough to turn the apostle Paul into the ancient equivalent of a flabbergasted football coach (Gal. 3:1-5). As our study passage demonstrates, we were meant for something so much better—a life powered by and infused with God's grace.
- Trace the progression of our standing before God from verse 3 through verse 7.
- What actions does God take to renew us?
- What is our role in walking with God?
- How does an understanding of how God worked out our salvation shape the way we approach living a righteous life?
- How does grace continue to shape the life of a Christian after they are saved?
Key Study Passage:
Spend Time in Prayer: Thank God for his glorious grace; ask him to point out any empty religious rituals that you are hiding your sin behind; confess and ask him to renew you from the inside out.
3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
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Prayer for the Week
Savior, my natural human tendency is to want to earn your love through my good works; remind me that your love is unconditional and based on your sacrifice for me.
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