The word ‘grace’ gets used a lot in Christian circles but can be difficult to define.
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KEY VERSE: And you, who were dead in your trespasses… God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)

Ice Breaker: Did you ever shoplift as a kid? Were you caught?

When you read the story of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11) what lessons do you learn for your own life?

The word ‘grace’ gets used a lot in Christian circles but can be difficult to define. How would you explain grace?

‘The jarring truth is that there is evil inside each of us. The capacity for the worst of actions is common to man.’

How easy do you find it thinking that you could be capable of such actions?

Which of these can be your most common responses when you’re confronted with your sin: deny, downplay, defend or deflect?

Is repentance a common response and occurrence in your life?

‘The greatest and most freeing truth you can ever discover is that you were a lost, blind wretch but that Jesus has found you and given you sight and poured out an amazing grace that never runs dry.’ How would your thoughts and actions be different if you had a deeper understanding of grace? How would it impact your pride? How would it impact your shame?

Creative Moment: Write out some of the sins you’ve been struggling with recently. Repent of them and then destroy the paper as a symbolic reminder that God has removed your sins ‘as far as the east is from the west’ (Psalm 103:12).

Next Step: Do you have an accountability partner? Someone who you can confess to, repent with and help point you to the grace of God? If not, find someone soon.