16 May 1993

Basics study: Week 2

Week 2: Redemption

This lesson is part of an 8-week study series on the basics of Christian life.

6:30 - 6:45 Gather, socialize.
6:45 - 7:15 Eat.
7:15 - 7:20 Sing.
7:20 - 7:30 Discuss pledges, next meeting time.
7:30 - 9:10 Study/discussion.
9:10 - 9:20 Take prayer requests.
9:20 - 9:30 Pray.

Open in prayer.

7:30 Read Leviticus 17:11; Numbers 14:19; Psalm 51:16-17.

  1. What is the basis of forgiveness in the Old Testament?
    • blood; God's love; contriteness

7:35 Read Hebrews 9:22; Matthew 26:28; Romans 3:21-24.

  1. What is the basis of forgiveness in the New Testament?
    • Jesus' sacrifice on the cross
    • (See NIV Study note on Mark 14:24.)
  2. Has God's plan changed since the Old Testament?
    • no, merely completed

7:40 Read Hebrews 10:11-12.

  1. How is Jesus' sacrifice different from he sacrifices of the Old Testament?
    • See NIV Study note on v. 12.
  2. Supposing I were to tell you I had committed sins so awful I could never be forgiven. What Scripture could you quote me?

(optional) Read 1 John 1:9

  1. How can it be just for God to forgive us our sins?
  2. What does it mean to "purify us from all unrighteousness"?

7:55 Read Proverbs 28:13; turn to Psalm 32:1-5.

  1. What kind of person has no deceit in his spirit? Is it someone who doesn't sin?
  2. What happens when we don't acknowledge our sins?
    • guilty conscience
  3. What happens when we acknowledge our sins to God?
  4. What would you infer from this passage is the purpose of true guilt feelings?
  5. Does any of you never sin? Is this Psalm relevant to you?

8:05 Read Isaiah 43:25; turn to Hebrews 10:17-18.

  1. What does God say that He does with our sins?
  2. If God does not remember our sins, does it make sense for us to continue to feel guilty over them?

8:10 Turn to Hebrews 10:19-22.

  1. Each of you can ask yourself, when you sin, do you "draw near to God with a sincere heart", or do you fester in your sin? Is there any guilt in your life right now that you haven't dealt with? Do you go through life with a clear conscience?
    • See NIV Study note on v. 22.
  2. Method for dealing with guilt: Take an hour or more, write it down, and pray for guidance and forgiveness, with these Scriptures at hand.
  3. Good passage to meditate on when you're dealing with guilt: Psalm 51.
  4. Future sin: Do we need to confess each sin in order to be forgiven for it?

8:15 Turn to 1 John 1:5-2:2.

  1. Does this passage claim that Christians don't sin?
    • See NIV Study note on v. 6-7.
  2. Does the passage say we need to confess each individual sin?
  3. What does it say we need to do?
  4. Does 1 John 5:11-12 help to clarify the meaning of the passage?

8:25 Read Hebrews 10:10,14.

  1. What does this passage say about the status of the believer?
  2. According to this passage, can this status be changed through sinning?

8:30 Read Romans 7:20.

Disclaimer: Personal interpretation.

  1. Can I lose my salvation over something I didn't do?
  2. What does this passage say about the believer's sin?
  3. Losing salvation: Is there any sin so great that it cannot be forgiven?

8:35 Turn to Mark 3:22,28-30.

Disclaimer: Personal interpretation.

  1. What prompted Jesus to mention an unforgivable sin (v. 30)?
  2. Was he talking about saved believers?
  3. How can Jesus, on the one hand, say that all "blasphemies of men will be forgiven", and yet on the other hand say that "whoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven."? What is the difference between blasphemies of men and blaspheming the Holy Spirit?
    • ignorance
  4. Would you say that the teachers of the law were able to recognize Jesus' power? Could anyone claim they were acting out of ignorance?

8:45 Turn to Hebrews 10:26-29.

  1. Who is being discussed in this passage?
    • one who rejects the Gospel in full knowledge
  2. Do you think this passage can refer to a saved believer?
  3. If we assume that this does apply to a saved believer, does it then say that a believer can lose his salvation by accident? (v. 26)
  4. How would you use this passage to respond to someone who says, "I'm saved, and therefore I can sin all I want and be forgiven."

8:55 Turn to Hebrews 6:4-6.

  1. Who is being discussed in this passage?
  2. What is it saying is impossible?
    • See NIV Study note on v. 4-6.
    • Another interpretation: Backsliding believer should not try to be re-saved, because he already is.

9:05 Read Romans 8:28-39.

  1. Can the believer accidentally lose his salvation?
    • See NIV Study note on v. 34.

Summarize main points from evening:

  1. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament requirements for forgiveness, a final sacrifice for all sins.
  2. I am completely forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ.
  3. Confession allows restored communion with God.
  4. Salvation cannot be accidentally lost.

Memory verse for next week: Ephesians 4:32 or Matthew 6:14-15.

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