Discovering the Truth of God’s Amazing Grace

Discussion Guide for Romans 5:6-11

Read Romans 5:6-11

“Amazing Grace” is perhaps the best-known song in the history of the world.

People who may never set foot in a church can often sing this song. It contains messages of joy and solace that comfort all sorts of people in difficult times.

Take a moment in your group to recite or sing the lyrics of this song together.

  1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found;
    Was blind, but now I see.
  2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed.
  3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
    I have already come;
    ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.
  4. The Lord has promised good to me,
    His Word my hope secures;
    He will my Shield and Portion be,
    As long as life endures.
  5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
    And mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess, within the veil,
    A life of joy and peace.
  6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun forbear to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Will be forever mine.
  7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    Than when we’d first begun.

Think About It

  • How does Amazing Grace mirror the message of Romans 5:6-11?
  • In what way is Christ’s sacrificial death totally unlike any other person’s sacrifice (refer to this week’s sermon)?
  • How does Romans 5:6-11 make the Gospel personal?
  • How do you feel to know that Christ died for you while you were a wretch?
  • How much does Amazing Grace talk about future hope in Christ?
  • What is our future hope?
  • What reason does Romans 5:6-11 give that we can have a future hope in Christ?

Did Jesus Really Die for Everybody?

Today, we’re looking at the key Christian doctrine of Definite Atonement.

We often think of Christ’s death as merely buying the possibility of our salvation. Some people say that Jesus did his part and then left the rest up to us.

Definite Atonement, however, tells us that the death of Christ was very personal in its intent. Jesus on the cross actually bought, completed, and sealed the salvation for every enemy for whom he died.

The Westminster Confession in Chapter VIII Section 5 says it this way:

“The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience, and sacrifice of Himself, which He, through the eternal Spirit, once offered up unto God, hath fully satisfied the justice of His Father; and purchased, not only reconciliation, but an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father hath given unto Him.”

This does not prevent us from confidently looking at anyone and saying that Jesus died for them to believe and receive salvation.

But Definite Atonement should give us extreme confidence about our future. We can know without doubt that Jesus died specifically for his children.

The way John Piper describes it in the clip is very helpful.

Discussion Questions

  • What is your understanding of the atoning work (death) of Jesus?
  • Is definite atonement a hard truth or easy truth to come to terms with?
  • What effect does this have on your own confidence to share Jesus with others?

Related Message: Christ Died for Us

Prayer Time

Pray this week for Christian Academy in Dimapur, India as they begin their first classes. Pray that the impact of the school would grow in the lives of people in the community who may not have a clear understanding of Jesus and his atonement.

Also, encourage your group to attend the Venture Leadership Summit on personal evangelism Sunday, March 10th at 5:30.

Jonathan Pugh

Associate Pastor: Life Groups & Church Partnership
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