For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2: 8-10 ESV
Do you live under works (the law) or by grace through faith?
Read chapter 13 and answer the following:
1. Why is it that life can be as difficult after we come to Christ as before we come to Christ? How do we make it more difficult? Give examples from your own life.
2. Why does it sound logical that we should bring the Law along with us in the Christian life? What is the end result of that?
3. When Paul spoke of the Law, what Law was he talking about? How do we know?
4. Why does religion assert that law and grace flow together? Why did Paul say they were mortal enemies?
5. What laws—Mosaic, denominational, or personal—are you still inclined to try to keep through your own strength?
6. Why is a law-based program designed for futility, frustration and failure? How does God use that program in a positive way in our lives? Tell about this process in your life.
7. What does it mean to live by Christ, or the Spirit, instead of the Law?
8. Why do we never escape from the temptation to slip back under the Law? How do we respond to that temptation?
9. What was the main point the young man on page 147 was making? What was the essence of what Dan was trying to tell him?
10. For what can we thank God regarding His use of the Law in our lives?