Archive for December 2016

Going Further

The Hope of Christ’s Incarnation: Salvation

1 Timothy 1:12-17
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  1. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with Paul’s conversion to Christ (Acts 9:1-22; 22:1-21; 26:1-32).  How does his conversion contradict those who taught that salvation could come from obedience to the law?
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  2. According to the following passages, what is the condition of every unbeliever before they come to Christ (Romans 1:21-25 and 8:7-8, 2 Corinthians 4:3-7, Ephesians 2:1-3 and 4:17-19)?  How do you see that this was true of Paul before he was saved?
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  3. Through Paul’s conversion, how do we see that being saved is solely an act of God’s sovereign grace? How do John 6:65, 2 Corinthians 4:3-7, Galatians 1:15, and Ephesians 1:3-14 teach that?  How does realizing the depth of our sinful condition before we are saved magnify God’s grace? Why does pondering this lead to worship (as it does Paul in verse 17)?
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  4. Though a very “religious” man before his salvation, Paul calls himself the chief of sinners.  What does that teach us?
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  5. Memorize 1 Timothy 1:15. How does this verse sum up the message of Christmas?  What are specific ways you can be missional this Christmas?
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  6. How is Paul’s salvation an encouragement to: 1) those who feel like they are “too bad of a sinner” to be saved and 2) those who are worried that certain loved ones/friends will never be saved?  How should this affect our constant prayer for and sharing with them?
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  7. Identify family or friends that you can begin to work now to maximize your Christmas visit with them to seek to reach them for the gospel.
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“The reach of His grace is far wider and farther than the depth of your sin.”
-David Platt