Sola Gratia • Central Campus
In the midst of a debate during the summer of 1519, Andrew Carlstadt, a companion both socially and theologically with Marin Luther made the point, "Every good work comes entirely and exclusively from God, who gives man first the will to do and then the power of accomplishing." He was reiterating a doctrine that had been settled in the church 1200 years prior. The doctrine of Sola Gratia, or the teaching that salvation is not an exercise of free will, but of God's grace alone.
- What do you think of the Carlstadt quote? How do most people with whom you interact respond to the idea that we are incapable of spiritual good apart from God's prompting?
The primary text we utilized at Central this week was Ephesians 2:1-9 where we learned the following:
- Apart from God's intervening grace, mankind is spiritually dead, in bondage to disobedience of God, selfishness service, and destined for God's wrath. All of us are corrupt and guilty.
- God's makes us alive when we were dead demonstrating that grace saves before any exercise of the will.
- God's primary means of grace is "in Christ."
How does the phrase “But God...” from Ephesians 4:2 give us hope? Give some examples of when you have seen this to be true.
Pastor Kurt explained the difference between a “tolerant” grace and a true, redemptive grace. What are those differences? How does “tolerant” grace weaken the power of the Cross?
Living in true gospel-centered community is impossible if we don’t believe we are new creations. How can we encourage one another into that belief? And what would community look like if we were all convinced of this Truth?
As sinners who were once dead, but have been raised to life, what are practical ways we can live the Great Commission in our neighborhoods?
How do we see God’s saving grace in our prayers? In our communities? In our sacraments/rhythms?