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Bad News/Good News

To download the Bible Study Preparation Materials for March 16, 2011, please click here.

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Romans 1:18-2:29 has been grim, and Paul isn’t finished with indictment.  We have to face the bad news before we can grasp the magnitude of the good news.

Paul has created a stalemate regarding the Law.  God’s laws are good, he says, but they are incapable of motivating us to live up to God’s righteous expectations.  Whether the law is pressent or not, we can’t obey it perfectly, so we are still sinners.  Quite a predicament!  But Paul is only laying the foundation for the good news that will follow here in Romans chapter 3.

Here are helpful definitions for three significant theological terms used in Romans:

(1) Justification refers to God’s declaration that we are not guilty for our sins.

(2) Redemption means that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross.

(3) Atonement refers to Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf

It is easy for us to question God’s dealings with us.  God’s ways are not our ways, and we will never fully understand the mysteries of his justice and holiness and power.  What would you do with stubborn humanity if you were God?  As the holy Creator, how would you respond to your sinful creatures?  Think about how God has worked in your heart and life recently.  What about your salvation is still a mystery to you?

The scripture of the week that we will be reading and focusing is Romans 3:1-31.  Read 3:1-31 prayerfully as you prepare for this week’s Bible Study.

Here is Bible Study question of the week:

Do you feel more lovable and closer to God when you’ve been doing good things than when you’ve done wrong?  Please feel free to use scriptures (passages) from the Bible if you are able.  You can submit your responses below.

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