- The OT picture of grace is a picture of a God who keeps His promises and doesn’t give up on His people. Read Genesis 17:4-8, where God makes His promise with Abraham.
- God made a promise to bless Abraham and because of God’s promise, we are here today. But the sad fact about this promise is that the people didn’t hold up to their end of the bargon. Have you ever promised to do something and not held up to that promise?
- Because God is a gracious and generous God, He gave the people a system of Laws and sacrifices to guide them along; but the people failed again and turned away from God. One of the most beautiful pictures of grace in the OT is found in the story of Hosea. Read Hosea 11:1-8 and discuss the picture with the group.
- In the NT the picture of grace given is a picture of a God who will go to any lengths to keep the promise that He has made with His people. God had been faithful to His promise but knew that His people couldn’t be faithful to it. So God decided to hold to both ends of the promise- His end and our end. Read Luke 22:20.
- Luke 22:20 tells us that Jesus’ blood is the New Covenant between God and man. This new promise doesn’t wipe away the old, but completes it. This new promise fulfills both ends of the old promise between Abraham and God. What do you think about this truth? How does it make you feel?
- Christian author C.S. Lewis was once asked, “What is the difference between Christianity and all other religions?” Lewis’ response was a short 4 letter word- Grace. Have you experienced grace? How does it feel?
- When we look at the whole Bible we can accurately see the picture of grace God intended. From the OT, we see that everything is about God. From the NT, we see that God is good. So, for us to have a functional definition of grace, we could say that grace is the goodness of God. Would you agree with this statement? Why or why not?