Often, people who have been in church awhile use language that is unfamiliar to non-believers and new believers alike. Sometimes, even the Christians who use those words don’t understand their full meaning or importance. In this series, we will try to better understand words used in the Christian faith and their application for believers in our new teaching series called Churchy Words.
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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:
This week we started off with some Bad News from Paul in Romans 3:10-18 where he says that "There is no one righteous, not even one... all have turned away." Paul is describing the problem with humanity that, in our sin flesh, we have turned from God and chosen our own way over his perfect Will. Does this resound with you? Do you choose self over Christ in daily life?
Paul then continues with Good News that we are made righteous in God's sight because of the atoning blood of Jesus Christ - we are saved by faith in him alone. What glorious news that Christ has done everything on our behalf so that his righteousness becomes our righteousness when we believe in him. Have you accepted Christ's atonement for your sins?
The truth is that God takes sin very seriously, it is a chasm that separates us from him which we can never overcome. In recognizing that Christ has completed everything on our behalf, there is a humility in our lives that we cannot boast on anything we have done - we can only boast in what Christ has done for us. Do you find your hope and your joy in the work of Christ in you? Are you humbled in the knowledge that we are helpless without Christ? How do we respond because of that?
Additional scripture to study: Romans 3:10-28, Romans 5:9-11, 1 John 2:1-2, Hebrews 9:12