Community Group Study Notes
- Have someone in your group give a brief recap of Sunday’s message, highlighting the primary Scripture passages and main idea of the message.
- How did this message confirm and/or correct your previous ideas about righteousness?
- Read Romans 9:32. Reflect on your recent pursuit of righteousness. Have you been pursuing a righteousness of trust in God or a righteousness of trying to please God?
- Read James 2:20-24. How can we reconcile this scripture considering Romans 9:32?
- What is the danger of zeal without knowledge? How have you learned this lesson in your own life?
- What are some “guardrails” we can set up in our lives to avoid the temptation of self-righteousness?
- In what ways can you apply today’s message to your life?
- Spend time in reflection: In what ways have you been choosing work over faith? Each morning, spend time praising God for His mercy and grace, and approach your day and “works” with a posture of thankfulness. At the end of the day, reflect on the ways you approached your daily activities.
As we mobilize into the world, we need to be confident in what we believe. Read the Nicene Creed. Reflect on a few phrases within the Creed that particularly stand out to you. Write a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God for the truth that is contained in this Creed.
I believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven by the power of the Holy Spirit
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is adored and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
I believe in one, holy, apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.