The Idol Called Grace: Stifled Grace

Sermon Follow-Up Study

Open: Describe a time when someone extended grace to you:

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Galatians 1:13-15; Titus 2:11-12; Ephesians 4:29; 1 Peter 4:7-11

Discuss:

1. Paul describes his salvation experience in 1 Corinthians 15:8-10. In what ways is your experience with God’s grace at salvation similar to Paul’s? In what ways does it differ?

2. Why was God’s grace toward Paul not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:10)? What would it mean for his grace to be in vain toward someone? How should our experience with God’s grace motivate extending God’s grace to others? Why is it so difficult to show grace to other people? What hinders us from showing grace to others?

3. If Paul was relying on God’s grace (1 Corinthians 15:10), why did he work harder than anyone? Based on 1 Corinthians 15:9–10, how does God’s grace relate to our effort in the Christian life? What does it look like for God’s grace to work in our lives?

4. Grace changes everything. If you evaluated how grace is extended through your passions, speech, and responses, which would be most difficult for you? Why? How can grace motivate change in that area of your life?

Pray: Pray that your awareness of grace’s work in your life would be so evident that it would overflow in your interactions to others.

Memorize/Meditate: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10