Week 3: Gospel Showdown
- Share about a time from your childhood when you got in trouble for something you felt was unfair..
Questions for Discussion:
- Read Galatians 3:1-9. The word “faith” is mentioned six times in this section. What kind of faith is this? Why does Paul emphasize it in Galatians 3?
- Abraham is a primary figure in this chapter (3:6-9, 3:15-18). What was the promise God gave to Abraham? Why is it important that the law given to Moses “does not annul” the promise to Abraham?
- Tyler mentioned a number of “I should …” statements that lead us to feel guilt. For you, what are two or three “I should…” that you wrestle with? Are these legitimate expectations from the Lord, or are they imposed upon you by influences in your life?
- Often without knowing it, we can deal with feelings by guilt through various coping mechanisms – defending, hiding, blaming, faking, justifying, and so on. Which coping mechanism is most tempting for you?
- How might guilt actually be an opportunity for the gospel to take deeper root in our lives?
- “God, show me my sin. Show me my brokenness.” Is this a prayer you’ve ever prayed? Why can it feel uncomfortable or even frightening?
To close, take a moment to pause together, each person silently confessing their sin and brokenness to the Lord. After 30 seconds or so, have the leader close with this assurance from 1 John 1: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thank the Lord for grace upon grace in Christ Jesus.