1. Romans 4 tells us that Abraham believed God and his belief was credited to him as righteousness. How would you describe the concept of credited righteousness?
2. What kind of belief did Abraham have? What did it take for Abraham to believe in God’s promises? Was this an easy belief in God’s promises or was it a deep belief that entailed actions? If so, what were those actions?
3. Can you think of recent ways that you have acted in faith when it was hard? Are you being called to do so right now?
4. Martin Luther coined the term “simul justus et peccator” (simultaneously sinful and righteous). How is this possible?
5. David’s sin left him to throw himself on God’s mercy. There was no sacrifice for what he had done so David cries out to God in remorse and repentance in Psalm 51:16 - “For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
What does this teach us about how we too should repent?
What confidence does this give us in God’s forgiveness?
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