Think back to the story Terry opened his message with. He talked about a woman who had the wrong view of the Gospel.
So answer the following question: What is the gospel?
How would you respond to someone who would say “Isn’t the good news that…If I am a good person, then God will be good to me?”
Our objective is to see and understand the essence of the gospel as found in our passage and to concider the implications it has for our lives.
The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
By ourselves we are bankrupt…broke…no resources…nothing to offer in a deal to God. The gospel says that God “credits to our account (which is empty)” his righteousness. What does this mean for you personally? What does that look like for your life today?
“The Gospel takes us off the razor’s edge” Think about your own life. Share with the group the ways in which the gospel has personally taken you off the razors edge. How does this truth make you feel?
Terry said: “Maybe you are in the gravitational pull of your family dynamics and it was a toxic training ground…or what was done to you, or what you have done…shame, guilt. The question is this…must we be defined by what it is…Or can we move towards what should be?” Look at our passage again; in what ways does it answer the question?
Terry said: The good news is that we can have our sins forgiven and our essential relationship restored…we can have peace with God. Why is this so important for us to grasp?
From what you’ve discussed with your group members today, what is a personal implication/application for your life today?
How can we as a group walk alongside you?