Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Caring for Young People In a Technology Obsessed World, Part 4
Bethany Place Baptist Church, June 9, 2013
1. Admit that we are helpless before GodRomans 5:6 (ESV) 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
2. Compare our love to God’s loveRomans 5:7 (ESV) 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—
3. Respond to God’s demonstration of loveRomans 5:8 (ESV) 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Questions for Further Discussion or Personal Study
1. What is the greatest sacrifice you have made for another person? What is the greatest sacrifice that someone has made for you? What was your relationship with the person for whom you sacrificed? Contrast that with our stance toward God when Jesus died for us (see the next question)
2. Romans 5:6-10 uses four unflattering words to describe people in relationship to God: weak, ungodly, sinners, and enemies (of God). Do you think people typically see themselves as enemies of God? In what sense are we God’s enemies?
3. What sort of weakness do you think Paul is talking bout in verse 6?
4. In a person coming to faith in Jesus who makes the first move, God or the person? Why is this answer important?
5. What are some of the biblical terms that the Bible uses to describe what the cross accomplishes? What is the difference in seeing Jesus’ death as something that influences you to be a better person or as being your substitute in absorbing the wrath of God?
6. How is God just in his wrath toward sin?
7. How does recognizing that everyone is an enemy of God help you to understand the greatness of God’s demonstration of love?
8. What difference might knowing the love of Christ (See Eph. 3:14-19) make in the way we use technology?