GT#5 – The Church of Grace and Truth

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GUIDESHEET FOR 3-22-20

Grace and Truth:  #5 – The Church of Grace and Truth

Reminder: 

  • God’s grace is his undeserved kindness in Jesus.  
  • Truth is Jesus being faithful to God’s design for people.

Think about life: 

  • Think about your experiences in churches or stories you’ve heard people tell about their experiences in churches: 
    • What stories illustrate a “Church of Grace”?
    • What stories illustrate a “Church of Truth”?
    • What stories illustrate a “Church of Grace and Truth”?
  • In your experience of Cornerstone, which type of church are we and why?

Exploring Scripture:

Read Philemon (Verses 1-25)

  1. Note:  Paul is writing to Philemon about welcoming back his escaped slave, Onesimus, as a brother in Christ. 
  2. If Paul addressed Onesimus only with grace, how would the letter have been different?  If Paul addressed Onesimus only with truth, how would the letter have been different?
  3. How does Paul’s letter reflect that he addressed Onesimus with both grace and truth?
  4. If Paul addressed Philemon only with grace, how would the letter have been different?  If Paul addressed Philemon only with truth, how would the letter have been different? 
  5. How does Paul’s letter reflect that he addressed Philemon with both grace and truth?

Bible Reading:  Philemon; John 8:31-32; John 1:1-18