The Bad news about the Good News-Deric Bartlett- Audio Updated

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Bad News about the Good News focussing on Romans 3:9-25.
Romans 3:9-25

ICEBREAKER: If God was about to send a thunder bolt from the sky to strike someone down, who do you think would be struck?
1. In the chapters leading up to Romans 3:9-25, Paul refers to a first century distinction between “we” and “they” [Romans 3:9]. To whom are these terms referring? Why does this matter? What distinctions exist today?
2. Romans 3:10-12 are quotes from Psalm 14:1-3 and Psalm 53:1-3. Observing these two psalms, who is being described? What similarities and differences do you notice between the two Psalms? How do they contribute to Paul’s point in Romans 3:9-18?
3. Romans 3:9-18 present a view of humanity that could be perceived as pessimistic. Do you agree or disagree with Paul’s assessment of the human condition? What evidence would you provide to prove your point?
4. Why do so many struggle with the biblical reality of humanity’s accountability before God [Romans 3:19]?
5. Paul writes, “But now…” [Romans 3:21]. If none are righteous [Romans 3:9-18], then how can we become righteous [Romans 3:21b-22]?
6. What is your story of “falling short” of God’s glory [Romans 3:23]? What is your story of receiving God’s grace through Christ Jesus [Romans 3:24]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Without a heart transformed by the grace of Christ, we just continue to manage external and internal darkness.” (Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel)