Passage: Titus 3:3–7
- Re-read Titus 3:3-7. If possible, listen to the sermon again.
- Looking back over your notes from this weeks sermon (or the past few weeks in 2 Timothy) what was the most important truth from God's Word? Was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged you, or confused you? Any questions?
- I (Justin), grew up in a staunchly non-Reformed church. According to teaching there, I was very much in charge of choosing to be saved, it definitely depended on me to a degree, and I could absolutely lose my salvation at any given moment.
If you ever believed this way and no longer do, what was the most difficult part to be convinced of in regards to Sola Gratia?
What was it that finally convinced you?
Most importantly, how has that changed your worship?
- Read Isaiah 42:1-8. How does this text (specifically verse 8) apply to Sola Gratia?
- Search God's Word. Find verses where God describes himself and share these with the group. How does God describe himself? How does this differ from many people's descriptions of Him?
- Jonathan Edwards once said:
“You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.”
What is your initial reaction to this statement?
How does this quote, and the Biblical description of Sola Gratia, say much more about who God is than who we are?
- Can you find verses that are many times used to 'disprove' sovereign grace? What are they? How do you respond to them?
Mission Church and her pastors wholeheartedly believe that we are all saved by grace ALONE. We have never made any qualms or apologies for that. However, we are never more interested in waving the 'reformed' banner than the Jesus banner. We want people to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and in turn that passion to spill over into proclaiming the gospel to those who do not yet know Him.
The reason we simultaneously proclaim Sola Gratia, is because we believe the Bible does and it is our ultimate authority. And also, because we believe that this truly is how we make the most of Jesus and his glory in salvation.
Please do not hesitate to ask us the tough questions at MC (or any time), as we always want to preach correctly and stand ONLY on the authority of God's Word. We want to help any and all of you walk through this idea and belief...and if you think we, as your pastors who wholeheartedly believe it, do not still struggle, wrestle, and ask questions then you would be mistaken. So please do not push away from the table, but join us in the wrestle, as we turn to His Word to answer those questions.