In Romans 3, the apostle Paul gives a scathing indictment against the sin in all of mankind's character, communication and conduct. However, two beautiful words in the chapter lead to hope and life to all who stand condemned under the wrath of God – "but now…" Pastor Ed Nalle teaches on the contrast between human sinfulness and God's grace in salvation.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- As you reflect on this sermon, what one insight or principle stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful or difficult to grasp?
- Read and discuss Romans 3:9-20. What does this tell you about the nature of man in his character, communication & conduct? What is inferred about the nature of God?
- Romans 3:18 summarizes man's condition as "There is no fear of God before their eyes." What does it mean to fear God? Why is this important?
- What does it mean to seek God "on our own terms"? How do we tend to do that? What is the result?
- Read Romans 3:21-31. What does this tell you about the character & nature of God? Why are the words "but now" (v. 21) so important?
- Can we be justified before God by our good works? Why or why not?
- John Newton said, "'Til sin be bitter, grace will not be sweet." What does this mean? How does understanding the depth of our personal sin help us understand God's grace in the gospel of Jesus? How does this lead to grateful worship?
- How does the gospel provide a balanced view of sin and grace? Spend some time in prayer with your group, thanking God for the amazing provision of the gospel.
Here is a bulletin insert that was included with this sermon with a 7-day reading plan to cover the book of Romans. Click here to download.<