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Group Discussion: Gospel-Driven

Posted by Matt McGowen on

Every family has a story, and at the center of our story is the good news of King Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Discussion:

  • Matt referenced the show This is Us. What is a movie, show, book or story that has drawn you in? Why do we love a good story?
  • While This is Us is a powerful story and has a lot of good in it, the 'gospel' presented seems to be 'try harder to make better choices, lean on your family, and discover yourself.'  Why is this 'gospel' appealing? How is it different than the gospel of King Jesus?
  • What's the difference between agreeing with the gospel and believing it, placing your confidence in it?
  • How is understanding the gospel as a story different than just seeing the gospel as a set of facts? When we refer to the gospel as the story of Jesus as the fulfillment of the story of Israel, what do we mean? What do we mean when we say that the gospel story draws us in as participants? 
  • The gospel drives a healthy life and a healthy church. What does it mean to be gospel-driven? What are some differences between being self-centered and gospel-centered?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-5. Why does Paul need to remind the Corinthians (and us) of the gospel?
  • What are ways we diminish, distort, depart from the gospel?
  • According to Paul, the announcement of Jesus' death, resurrection, and kingship carries with it the power to save, rescue, deliver.  How do you need to be reminded of the gospel's power?
  • Read 1 Cor 15:8-11.  Paul says that he doesn't deserve his status, but 'by God's grace I am what I am.'  What's the difference between living a performance-driven life vs. a grace-driven life?
  • What does Paul mean that 'God's grace toward me was not in vain?'
  • How can a Christian put down deeper roots in the gospel?
  • How can our group and our church be more faithful to our core value of being gospel-driven?

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