Session 7: Know Christ – Jesus Must Die

Summary: In today’s study we discuss the tension between justice and grace. We examine how Christ dying for our sins resolves the conflict allowing us to have a relationship with a righteous God.  We explore how we properly respond with faith in order to be a recipient of God’s promise to restore us through Christ’s death.

Break the Ice

  • Share about your favorite time when God was faithful.

Bring the Word

Read Matthew 16:13-21

  • What do we learn here about Jesus’ type of death?
  • How does a sacrifice die?

Read Romans 3:23-26, 6:23

  • What attributes of God are mentioned here?
  • What does it mean to be righteous? …just? …gracious?
  • Without Christ’s sacrifice could justice and grace co-exist? Why or why not?
  • What did Christ have to do to make atonement for us?
  • Could anything less than death have justified us? Why or why not?
  • What separates those justified by the death of Christ and those who are not?
  • Is faith different from belief? If so, how?

Bring it Home

Read Romans 4:19-25

  • Did Abraham have faith in his circumstances? Why or why not?
  • How does our righteousness compare to Abraham’s circumstance?
  • Why did Abraham have faith in God’s promise?
  • What promise do we have?
  • How can we pray for you?

Begin a Discipline

Prayer: Pray you demonstrate your faith in aligning with God’s will!

Reading: Keep reading. A little each day adds up, especially over a lifetime!

Reflection: Reflect on Scripture that stands out. Reflect on God’s response to your prayers.

Journaling: Continue journaling how the passage relates to you and what you learned about God in passage.

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