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Community Group Questions

Kicking Things Off

Our Sola series is based upon five distinctive biblical teachings that the reformers rediscovered. What were they? (Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Sola Gloria) Define first three that we already covered).

Martin Luther was not the first reformer, there were others before him, but the events in his life contributed immensely to the reformation. From what you heard and know about his life, what do you find most significant and/or motivational?

What was going on in the mother (Roman Catholic) church that led to his nailing of the 95 Theses to the Wittenberg castle church door? (the selling of indulgences to have one’s sins forgiven or to get people out of purgatory).

Getting Into It

Solus Christus means Christ alone. What is this referring to specifically? What about it is so offensive to our world today? (1 Cor 1:18)

Forrest emphasized three reasons why salvation comes through Christ alone: (1) because of who Chris is, (2) because of what he did, and (3) because God alone determines the way to Himself (how a person becomes acceptable to God) 

Read John 1:1-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; and Col 1:15-17

Summarize what the Bible says about who Jesus is. Why does this matter when it comes to our salvation?

Read Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Corinthians 5:19, 21

What was the nature of the great transaction that took place between the Father and the Son in Christ’s death on the cross for us?

Read John 14:6; Acts 4:12 and Matthew 7:13-14

We don’t determine the way to heaven, God does. From the verses we already read, what seems to the reason why God has made the gate so narrow (only through Jesus)?

How does a person enter the narrow gate? In your experience what is it that keeps people from entering the narrow gate?

The Parting Shot

Pray for friends, family, and others who are struggling with the whole idea of entering the narrow gate (Have each person in your group name at least one non-believer they want to pray for).

And thank God for his indescribable gift (2 Cor 9:15).