Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Down-to-Earth Godliness
Saturday, June 28, 2014
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We humans tend to gravitate toward 10-step plans and self-help books in order to become better people. The problem is, human effort only gets us so far and often it actually makes us worse. If we're not careful we can become sanctimonious and hypocritical. Our faith can become a list of rules and outward rituals to follow that never reach all the way to the heart. Christ came to save us from that system and its dead ends. Not only did he rescue us through his death and resurrection, but his life is our model for living.
- What are some ways that you have tried to be more holy or godly through doing good things?
- Why can no one be made right with God by following the Law (v. 16)? (See also Rom. 7:4-6, 8:3-4; Gal. 3:10-12.)
- What does it mean to be crucified with Christ (v. 20) and how does it change the way we live?
- In what ways is the grace of God and the new life in Christ evident in you?
Key Study Passage:
Spend Time in Prayer: Reflect on Christ's life and the way he modeled humanity for us; ask God to help you follow Christ's example in your day-to-day life.
16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law."
17 But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! 18 Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to not try to be holy in my own strength, but instead lean on the power of Christ's death and resurrection.
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