4 Justification by Faith – Discussion Starters

  1. The deeds of the law I. Romans 3:28 rings out a clear message that both challenges and energizes us as Christians. What is that message? How did the Protestant Reformation relate to this verse? Has the church based in Rome changed its position on how we are saved? If not, why not? If we are not justified by what we do (our works), are we accepted into heaven with our sinful nature intact? What is the good news about how Jesus can take us to live with Him in heaven through eternity?
  2. The deeds of the law II. “By the deeds of the law,” Paul says, no human being will be justified. What does Paul include in “the law”? Your lesson says, “the law can no more save us than the symptoms of the disease can cure the disease.” If we are not saved by obeying the law of God, what, then, does the Law of God do for us? Have you ever been tempted to look to the law as the “ladder” to reach perfection? Instead of that, what function does the law play for the striving Christian?
  3. The righteousness of God. Does Paul seem to you to be talking in circles when he says that the righteousness of God without the law is revealed by the law of God and His prophets? What is the difference between the righteousness of God and the righteousness of the law? Or are they the same? Can the sinner obtain righteousness by obeying the law? Why or why not? As sinners, what do we need to do to be treated by God as if we are sinless and as worthy of His love as is His Son?
  4. By His grace. In Romans 3:24 Paul says we are justified by God’s grace. How does this justification change the person who asks God for salvation? How can Christ consider us, His struggling fallen sinners scrambling for safety from evil, as His very own children? What is the Christian’s only claim that qualifies him or her for God’s rescue? What does Paul mean when he says we are “justified by faith”? Is being justified by faith a gradual process or can it happen all at once? Discuss. 
  5. The righteousness of Christ. We don’t often use the word “propitiation” in conversation, even on religious subjects. What is the meaning of this word as used in Romans 3:25? Another word we seldom use in talking about life in Christ is the word, “remission.” What is the basic meaning of that word? What does remission do for us in our search for salvation? Your lesson author states that it is likely that Satan was sure God would simply wipe out the earth when sin entered, but instead He launched a rescue mission involving the death of His Son Jesus. Why didn’t God follow that method for dealing with Satan’s rebellion?
  6. Without the deeds of the law. The verse Romans 3:38 has been used by some to “prove” that since the law can’t save us, there is no use even trying to keep it. Such reasoning can lead to the outright scorn of people like us Seventh-day Adventists who teach and preach that the law of God must be obeyed. What is your position regarding the role of God’s law in our salvation? And in our eternal life? 
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Source: Daily Sabbath School Lessons