Small Group Questions // 10.22.2017

1. In what way did you experience God this past week? In what way did you wish you had experienced God this past week?  As you consider Luther’s story, could you relate to him? If so, how?

2. Read Romans 1:16-17.  N.T. Wright says, “This passage stands before us, at the head of this great letter (Romans), as a short summary of some of the most important truths ever heard by human ears.” From your assessment, why are these verses so important? How have they been important to you? 

3. Consider v. 16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel…”  We talked on Sunday about how the Gospel can be insulting
because it is telling us how much of a failure we are, and how much we need someone else’s help. Why is this a
difficult truth for us to hear in our culture? How has it been difficult for you to accept? How have you struggled with
adding works to faith in your relationship with God? What does it look like to come to God emptyhanded?

4. Look at v. 17. It says, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” God doesn’t just want our faith at the
beginning…He desires our trust every day. In what way are you struggling or is God asking you to live out a trust/faith in Him?

5. Consider Romans 4:18-22. In what area in your life do you struggle with unbelief? Have you attached that unbelief to God? Why can it be difficult to have faith in God in spite of those areas of unbelief? What promise is God asking you to trust Him with this next week?