HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Reading the Old Testament, especially the laws, has proven challenging for many Christians. What are some of the things that have been most helpful to you in learning to read the Old Testament well?

On Sunday, Paul briefly outlined for Timothy how the law can be used well or poorly as a Christian. Let’s read our passage again:

8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

Reflect Together:

Does Paul say that the law is good, or bad? Under what condition is the law “good”? What does it mean to use the law “lawfully”?

Paul says that the law is “in accordance with the gospel” (verse 11). How does the law work “in accordance with the gospel”?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Since the law exposes our sinfulness, which of the items in Paul’s representative list are you struggling with the most these days? Is there sinful behavior in your life that God is calling you to repent from?

The law also prepares us for the gospel by exposing our need for it. Have you trusted in Jesus’s sacrifice to do for you what you cannot do for yourself, namely to make you right with God by paying for your sins? And if so, are you secure and joyful in your relationship with God, or are there ways you still try to appease God or control your standing with him by your actions?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

If the Lord is convicting you of a particular sin, pray and confess that to the Lord, then make a plan with your group for how you can turn from that sin. Support one another with mercy, encouragement, and love.

Consider the people in your life who don’t yet trust in the gospel, or don’t yet trust fully in Jesus’s sacrifice. Is there someone God is calling you to have a conversation with this week? Make a plan together with your group about who you will talk to about the gospel.