Reformation Sunday: “Nailed It!” – John 8:31-36 – Pastor Jim Glesne
We live in a world in need of reformation.
It doesn’t take a lot of people to change the world. It just takes a committed few.
The heart of the problem is a problem of the heart.
God calls us to have God’s law written in our hearts.
To become inner directed people rather than outer directed people
To be other centered rather than self centered
“Love one another with brotherly affection as members of one family.” – Romans 12:10
“Give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:10
When we have God’s law written in our hearts we know what it is to trust.
1. What does the term “reformation” mean? Do you see that applying to your life? If so, how.
2. “If we are saved by God’s grace, then why do we need spiritual disciplines such as regular prayer, meditation, study, and the rest?” How would you answer this person?
3. If we truly believe that God forgives us freely for Jesus’ sake, then why do so many Christians carry burdens of guilt?
4. What does the concept of being “set free in Christ” mean to you?
5. In Romans 3:19-28 Paul says that through the law comes knowledge of sin, rather than salvation. How does God’s law make us aware of our sin and alienation from God? (See v. 20)
6. In verse 31 of John 8, the RSV and NRSV have “believed in him,” while the NIV and REB use “believed him.” What difference do you see between these two translations?
7. Luther wrote: “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.”
“A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all”
What do you think Luther meant? (See 1 Corinthians 9:19 and Romans 13:8, passages Luther cited.)