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Small Group Study:
Read 1 Timothy 1:12-16 - “[12] I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, [13] though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, [14] and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. [15] The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. [16] But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” 

God’s grace shown to Paul teaches up to apply God’s grace to (1) ourselves and (2) toward others.

1. Apply God’s Grace to Yourself

Read Romans 8:33-34 “[33] Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. [34] Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”

When you sin, which voice is louder, the devils voice of condemnation (“You’re broken. God doesn’t forgive you. You should be ashamed.”) or Jesus’ voice of grace (“I love you. I forgive you. I died and paid for all your sins.”)?

Read 1 John 1:7-9 “[7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. [8] If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Have you ever confessed your sin to another Christian? What was the result?

Have you ever been hesitant to confess your sins to another Christian? Why?

Do you think it is easier to admit your sins to Christian friends or non-Christian friends? Why?

2. Apply God’s Grace to Others

Read Acts 9:10-15 “[10] Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” [11] And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street clled Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, [12] and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” [13] But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. [14] And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” [15] But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.”

To whom have you hesitated to share the gospel with because you cannot believe they will change?

Is this person on your daily prayer list?

Paul’s story reminds us that God can forgive any sin and change any person! How does this reality affect the way you will interact with your non-Christian family, friends, and co-workers?