Joe Duke | 4/02/17
Series: Scandalous Grace
Series Part No: 1
The word “scandal” often gets associated with things that are disgraceful, shameful, offensive or shocking. So, accusing God of scandal is…well…unthinkable. That is, until we look more closely at His grace. God’s plan of redemption through Jesus is scandalous. His grace offends our sensibilities and leaves us scratching our heads at this shocking plan to rescue human beings.
For further thought and discussion:
- When you hear the word “scandal,” what immediately comes to your mind? Can you recall specific scandals in the news or from your personal experience?
- Every theistic religion other than Christianity looks to earn or deserve salvation. Why do people seem to be hard-wired to work to get God’s favor and acceptance? Do you recall a time when you tried to win God’s approval by trying to behave yourself?
- Read Romans 9:30-33. How was Israel pursuing salvation? What is the “stumbling stone and rock of offense”?
- Read 1 Corinthians 1:22-23. The Greek word for stumbling block is skandalon—the word from which we get our word scandal. Why does it seem easy for people to stumble over Jesus and God’s plan of salvation? How can Christians help “clear the path to Jesus” so people can stumble over Him?
- Much scandal has surrounded baptism over many years. Explain the following statement: baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. How does baptism picture the scandalous grace of salvation through Jesus? Describe your thoughts and feelings when you see others tell their stories and identify with Jesus in a baptism celebration.
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