Everybody is suffering with some kind of shame, so we’ve got to find people we are safe with—people who love you no matter what and take you to the gospel. Those who are in Christ can know that there is now no condemnation.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing about this message that you found particularly compelling, encouraging, challenging, or beneficial?
- What is the greatest negative emotion that you deal with?
- Read and discuss Romans 8:1-4. What does it mean that there is “now no condemnation”? Is this a reality through which you live? Why or why not? Where do you struggle with this?
- What is guilt? What is the relationship between guilt and shame?
- Where does shame come from?
- How can we be driven by shame? What examples can you think of that you have either observed or experienced?
- How does shame tend to manifest itself distinctly in believers and nonbelievers? How does the gospel address shame for the Christ-follower?
- In what ways does our culture say, “shame on you!”?
- Who are the safe people in your life?
- Would you consider yourself a safe person? Why or why not? To whom in your life can you be a safe person for the sake of the gospel?