GF#1: Get Free & Stay Free! Intro

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Get Free and Stay Free!  How Salvation Really Works – Series Introduction

 Think about life: 

  • As a child how were you disciplined? Was it effective?  What has motivated you to have the behavioral standards for yourself that you have today?
  • If you went to church as a child and youth, what things were you told or just knew that you should not do? What things were you told you should be doing?
  • Without opening the Bible, write down the Ten Commandments as listed in Exodus 20:1-17.
  • Think about the Christian that you most admire. Why do you admire them?  Does it have to do with what they don’t do or with who they are?

 Exploring Scripture:

  •  Read Exodus 20:1-2
    • Why is it important that God began the Ten Commandments with these words? How does God identify himself?  How does God’s identity motivate the new freed slaves to follow God’s instructions?
    • Read John 3:16-17. What identity does God give himself in Christ?  How does that motivate us to follow God’s instructions for our lives?
    • What motivations for following Jesus’ teaching are out of line with God’s identity as rescuer?
  • Read Exodus 20:3-17 (The Ten Commandments)
    • As you read the Ten Commandments what struck you? What did you notice for the first time?
    • How would these commandments have been helpful to recently freed slaves who were used to living under the direction of masters?
    • How would living out these commandments enable the newly freed slaves to create a community in which they could stay free? What would happen to their community if they actively disobeyed all Ten Commandments?
    • How do you see our nation’s current behavior in terms of living out the Ten Commandments so that we can stay free?
  • Read Romans 13:8-10
    • What is the relationship between God’s law and love? Why is it important to understand loving people as wanting God’s best for them?
    • Talk about how love as always affirming can actually become the opposite of wanting God’s best for people?

 Scripture readings:  Exodus 20:1-17; Rom. 13:8-14; John 8:31-32; Rom. 6:20-23.