The Idol Called Grace: Messy Grace

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Is grace an idol that frees me to sin or an invitation to surrender? A true encounter with grace will naturally radically change your heart to reflect more righteousness—not to permit more unrighteousness. This doesn’t mean you will immediately stop sinning or never struggle. It just means that we shouldn't stop striving. Accepting defeat is the faulty view of idolatrous grace. - Pastor Dave Vance

Open: Describe a time you used grace as an excuse for sin:

 Read: Romans 3-6; Ephesians 2:1-3

 Discuss:

 1. Describe our depraved state: How does Romans 5 describe the transfer of our fallen nature? Define total depravity? In what ways do you agree with this doctrine? Disagree?

2. Describe the difference between our fallen state of sin and what Christ offers through grace (Romans 5:15-21): In what ways has grace abounded more than our sin?

3. Paul moves to an interesting question at the beginning of Romans 6. How does grace become an idol that causes us to excuse our sin instead of strive against our sin? In what ways do you see grace used as a napkin to wipe our messes(sin) away instead of a motivation for godly living (give some examples of how we do this pridefully and passively)?

4. How should the grace of God be applied to our lives according to Romans 6? How does Christ’s death and resurrection motivate righteousness? How is grace the great motivator?

5. In what areas of your life has grace become an excuse for sinfulness?

Pray: Pray that God’s grace would be the vehicle to move you away from sin and into righteousness

Memorize/Meditate: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:1-4