Session 6: Developing a Culture of Grace
- Choose three words that you think describe the character of your church family. Would a visitor coming to a church small group or social event choose three different words, do you think?
- "The message of grace creates a culture of grace." In what ways do you see this happening in practice in your church? What might prevent this happening?
- Romans 15:1-3
- Who are we to please and not to please, and why?
- "Just as Jesus set his glory aside to sacrificially save those weakened by sin, the church sets its own pleasure aside to sacrificially serve the lost and each other." What " pleasures" might we need to put aside as church members in order to serve others? When do you f ind this hardest to do?
- In Romans, Paul tells us that "we know that for those who love God all things work together for good," so that we are "conformed to the image of his Son" (see Romans 8:28 and 29). How can suffering make us more like Christ? How can we allow suffering to make us less like Christ?
- How can we as a church both help each other to have, and hinder each other from having, a biblical view of suffering and persecution?
- We may have a high view of Scripture, but how can we ensure as a church that we grow in grace as we hear and receive the word of God?
- In our relationships with the world, we can act as consumers or combatants. How would your church find it easiest to act as consumers?
- In what ways could your church fall into adopting a "combative" stance toward the world? What dangers are there in t hat?
- How might a "culture of grace" be encouraged to grow in your church? Be specific.