Guilt, Shame, and the Death of God | July 30, 2017
We are plagued with guilt and shame because of our sin, but the death of Jesus satisfies the wrath of God and men, and the burial of Jesus removes the shame caused by our guilt. The good news of the Gospel is that we are invited to die to sin and to put to death the sinful deeds done in the flesh.
- Outside of this good news, what are some ways you have dealt with guilt and shame?
- In what ways does our community neglect to address the fact that we are deeply corrupt? What are some things we can do to change that?
- In what ways does our community treat one another as if we are beyond God's love and help? How can we proclaim and demonstrate the good news of the Gospel in a way that declares that nobody is beyond God’s love and help?
- What are some ways we can help one another identify the root sin beneath the expression of individual sins?
- In what ways have you failed to accept that sin has consequences? How have those things fed into your sense of personal shame?
- When was the last time you were able to identify a root sin beneath expressions of individual sins? How does the death and burial of Jesus address that deeper root of sin in your heart?
- In the death of Jesus, the wrath of God and the wrath of man can be fully satisfied. In what ways do you fail to accept that God is not mad at you? In what ways do you express continual anger at God?
- Do you tend to not view yourself as “not that bad,” or to view yourself as beyond God's love? How does the death and burial of Jesus change your view?
- When was the last time you felt the experience of freedom from guilt and shame because you asked forgiveness? What keeps you from asking more frequently?
- In what ways does being united to Jesus death and burial free you to accept temporal consequences for sin, admit that your sins are caused by a heart rooted in sinfulness, ask forgiveness, and avoid future sins?
- In what ways has your discipline of your children reminded them of their guilt and reinforced their shame? What are some ways your discipline should point to the invitation by God to be united to Jesus’ death and burial (the satisfaction of wrath and the removal of shame)?
- How does your discipline allow for sin to be put to death in your children? In what ways do you allow for the reality that there are consequences for sin? In what ways do you address the heart of your child? In what ways do you guide them in asking forgiveness? In what ways do you encourage them to avoid future expressions of sins?