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Recap

75% of people choose to receive bad news first. Bad news, the true state of humanity is like a black cloth. On this dark, light-absorbing backdrop, the brilliance of the good news, the gospel shines brightly like a diamond. In order to see and appreciate the beauty of the good news, we need to know and understand the bad news.

The bad news is bad. Everyone is guilty of sin, everyone deserves death. Everyone, apart from Christ, is spiritually dead. No one seeks God, no one loves Him, not one loves others. Destruction, suffering and pain mark this world that doesn’t know God.

The good news is that in Christ, God rescues this fallen, walking dead humanity. Jesus willingly took our punishment upon himself, paid the penalty on the cross and freely offers forgiveness and righteousness. All we need to do is receive this gift! Have you received it?

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Readings

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Romans 3:9-18

Micah 7:1-7

 

Micah 7:18-20

Romans 5:1-8

Eph. 2:1-10

Col. 1:27

1 Cor. 12:12-13

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. In this passage Paul summarizes the human condition. Can you think of other passages, other places where the bad news is played out (the period of the judges, the ministry of the prophets, etc.)?
  2. Micah 7:1-6 sounds a lot like Romans 3:9-18. Verse 7 is a commitment to trusting the Lord, in difficult situations. Do you trust and hope in God’s in difficult situations, in dealing with unfaithful people?
  3. Micah 7:18-20 remind us of God’s loving, faithful nature, he doesn’t treat us in the manner we deserve. Does this passage (and the ones to follow) help you believe that God loves you?
  4. This passage in Romans not only describes God’s justification of sinners, it overwhelmingly proves that God acts long before we do. Are you trusting in God to keep you walking with him, or are you trying to do so by your own strength?
  5. How does Paul’s explanation of justification by faith differ from yesterday’s passage in Romans?
  6. In Romans 3:23, Paul says all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. What’s the good news impact (no pun intended)? Colossians 1:27 says that the hope of glory (of bearing God’s perfect moral character) is found in whom? So then, has to live it in you?
  7. On Sunday, we return to the Apostle’s Creed, the holy catholic church, the communion of the saints. What thoughts come to mind when you read this passage, and think about the church?