“Two Songs About Holiness”
The big idea of this week's sermon from Psalms 14 & 15 can be stated as the question: are you going to enter God's presence and be welcomed? Together, these Psalms raise the question of what is needed to enter the presence of God. Throughout these two songs, the answer is clear – no one is righteous, not even one. The totalizing claims of these Psalms is that no person is righteous enough to enter the presence of God. In other words, these two Psalms present the law. That is, what is it that God demands of us. However, they do not stop there because there is also the gospel, which says that God provides all that he requires through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. So, all who believe on Jesus are freed from the demands of the law and brought into union with Jesus by the grace of God.
1) How do we enter into the presence of God? What occurs when in God's presence?
2) How do you know whether or not you will enter the presence of God?
3) How do you become holy and blameless in the presence of God?
4) How does God respond to our sins? How have you seen this in his word and in your life?
5) How do we know what the law demands? What is the purpose of the law?
6) If we have fallen short of the law, how do we have hope?
7) Why is the difference between law and gospel so important?
8) Do you know how to apply the Bible? How do you know that you are rightly applying it?
9) What are some opportunities God has given you to apply and explain the beauty of the gospel?