Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: What's the Big Deal About Sin?
Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Whether we're talking about the Ten Commandments or the principles found throughout the Bible, the law of God is valuable and helpful. It offers direction for godly living and sets boundaries for personal and social behavior. But the apostle Paul tells us that the law isn't there to simply give us rules to live by. Its chief function, he tells us, is to shine a bright light into our darkness: "For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are" (v. 20). Ultimately, Paul says, the law is there to point us to Christ—the Perfect One who died for our sins so that we could be made right with God (v. 22).
- When it comes to human behavior, why do we tend to compare ourselves to others rather than to the character of God?
- What do verses 10 through 18 reveal about human nature?
- How does Christ free us "from the penalty of our sins" (v. 24)? (See vv. 21-28; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 3:9.)
- If we aren't saved by keeping the law, can we just keep breaking the law of God and not worry about it? (See v. 31; James 2:14-26.)
- Think about how your attitudes and behaviors are different than they were before you had faith in Christ.
Key Study Passage:
Spend Time in Prayer: Pray for a nonbelieving friend who needs to come to grips with his sin nature. Ask God to show you how you might help him see how his sins can be forgiven and his life changed.
10 As the Scriptures say,
"No one is righteous—
not even one.
11 No one is truly wise;
no one is seeking God.
12 All have turned away;
all have become useless.
No one does good,
not a single one."
13 "Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
Their tongues are filled with lies."
"Snake venom drips from their lips."
14 "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
15 "They rush to commit murder.
16 Destruction and misery always follow them.
17 They don't know where to find peace."
18 "They have no fear of God at all."
19 Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Christ Took Our Punishment
21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, thank you for the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ. Help me to have a healthy and realistic understanding of my sin, knowing that I needed your grace and mercy for my salvation, and I also need your grace and mercy each day of my Christian walk.
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