The Norm Part 1: Study Guide

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Bottom Line

We might not know what is wrong, but we realize something ain’t right.

Study Verses

Romans 3:9-24, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Acts 11:22-26, John 7:37-38

Key Points

  • Everything finds its meaning and purpose within the context of its relationship with God.
  • You are made by God and for God. 
  • When you share your story, you share the Gospel.
  • You shouldn’t label yourself a Christian until someone calls you one first. 
  • When something isn’t right our tendency is to deny, pretend and justify. 
  • We don’t need to justify ourselves to God because Christ has already done so.
  • No amount of good behavior is going to make us right. Don’t try to be strong in your own strength.
  • It’s a relationship, not an agreement.
  • No one is agnostic about anything important. 
  • He died and rose to destroy what separated us from life.

ENCOUNTER

  • When do you first remember realizing that there was something wrong in this world? How did you attempt to rectify living in a broken world?
  • What does it mean to be a Christian? How did you come to this version or perspective of this word?
  • What is the normal condition of the culture we live in? How does culture define a “normal” life? Why is living for Christ seen as counterculture?

FORMATION

  • Read Romans 3:9-24. According to this passage, what was the purpose of the law? What makes the Gospel message inclusive both in humanity’s brokenness as well as the answer to this problem?
  • Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. How does this passage sum up the Gospel message? How does Christ’s righteousness make us right with God?
  • Read Acts 11:22-26. What caused people to take notice and label every believers in Antioch as Christians? How did an encounter with God’s grace change these believers?

EXPRESSION

  • When something isn’t right our tendency is to either deny, pretend or justify. Of the three, which one is your default reaction to your struggles?
  • Read John 7:37-38. Do you believe this type of life is possible for you? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?
  • If you had to share with someone the Gospel message in one sentence, how would you do it? What does the Gospel mean to you?
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