While we know that Paul as quoting the Old Testament when he writes “none is righteous,” what is your initial thinking as you read it? Do you agree? Disagree? Why?
How does the fact that “all have sinned” but “are justified by grace” affect what it means to live a life following God?
From what you know about the story of Abraham, how easy was it for him to have faith that the promise of God would come through Abraham’s offspring? What does this tell you about God’s promises?
Describe a time that you have “hoped against hope” for a promise of God. How did you waiting ultimately play out?
How has being justified through faith given you peace with God?
Is there anything else that is more certain that our hope in God? Why do we at times not act like this is the case?
What is your reaction to knowing that Christ died for the ungodly, that while we were sinners, Christ dies for us?
If you have died to sin, why do you continue to live in it?
Do you ever feel like the person Paul describes here, doing the very things you do not want to do? Why is it so easy for this to be a reality in our lives?
Who rescues you from this sort of life? How?
Prayer for the week: “God, we give you praise for sending your son to die for us, even though we were sinners. May we live in the faithfulness of him.”
Get a full 2021 Reading List HERE.