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Post Tenebras Lux--After Darkness Light--Justification by Faith

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POST TENEBRAS LUX --- (AFTER DARKNESS, LIGHT) Justification by Faith
PASTOR TONY

Group Discussion Guide
(Choose the best question(s) for your group)

November 5, 2017
Questions by Pastor Ric  

TEXTS:  RO 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; EP 2:8, 9; RO 4:5; 2 CO 12:9; HE 10:10; IS 64:6; GA 2:16; RO 10:4

  • The historic/cultural context of this week’s teaching is the use of “indulgences” by the church. They are defined as “… the opportunity to pay money to move a soul stuck in purgatory to heaven.  Additionally, it became a means by which one could purchase letters of indulgence to cover past and future sins.  In other words, one can offer these letters to justify one’s self before God.” (Pastor Tony)
  1. The biblical teaching on justification by faith is clearly explained in the texts above. Read aloud through the passages in Romans/Ephesians 2:8,9 and talk about why justification by faith seems so confusing/unacceptable for some. (There was a high cost paid for our justification we could never afford (1 CO 6:19, 20)--How is this “counter culture”?)  What can we do, as Christ-followers, to help others understand this key teaching?
  2. Is justification by faith for past sins only? If not, how could we be justified by faith today for sins we have yet to commit?
  3. In Romans 7:18-20, Paul explains a quandary we all experience. What, according to Paul, is the solution?  How can one identify the source of the sin (repeated sin) we struggle with?  (hint: find some passages about generational sin)
  4. Is there anything I must do to receive the righteousness before God that I receive through justification by faith? (2 CO 12:9; HE 10:10; IS 64:6; GA 2:16; RO 10:4) How do we reconcile the seemingly contradictory words of James 2:14-24 with justification by faith alone?    How does this teaching reminder of justification specifically affect your life in Christ today?
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Post Tenebras LUX--What Does it Mean to Repent?

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GROUP DISCUSSION GUIDE

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in to open it. You will see Paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon click on the speaker icon. 

POST TENBRAS LUX --- (AFTER DARKNESS, LIGHT) What Does It Mean to Repent?
PASTOR TONY

Group Discussion Guide
(Choose the best question(s) for your group)

October 29, 2017
Questions by Pastor Ric 

Texts:  MA 4:17; IS 55:6,7; MA 3:1,2; MK 1:14; LU 5:31; LU 13:5; MK 6:12; AC 20:20; LU 15:8-10; EP 2:8,9: RO 10:8-11; JA 2:14-19

  1. What does it mean to live a life of repentance?  Spend some time reflecting upon your life and how it could better reflect an attitude of repentance. David wrote a Psalm of repentance (PS 51).  What are the important qualities of this Psalm?
  2. Luther’s observation of a lack of significant life-change in folks who identified as “Catholic” as prevalent in his society was interesting. We have a problem like this today. What is the primary missing ingredient in our lives that causes lack of life-change?  What is the problem with our understanding of repentance?
  3. How does a clear understanding of the true meaning of repentance (“doing a 180”) impact you? What about your life needs to “die” ?  (see verses below)

(Colossians 3:5-9 MSG) And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.”

 Life Groups are a key part of living a life of repentance.  Explain how that can happen and why, perhaps, it doesn’t as much as it should.

  1. Repentance is not a common word. Salvation does not happen without repentance and faith.  Discuss both the simplicity of coming to Faith and the complexity of living the life of faith based upon the thief on the cross next to Jesus and James 2:14-19.
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