All Out Effort – March 17 & 18


For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. (Romans 3:23-24, NLT)

Read these verses before your discussion:
Matthew 19:16-26
Romans 3:10
Romans 3:20-28
Romans 10:4
2 Corinthians 5:21

Dive deeper into this week’s sermon content. Use these questions to help guide your group discussion.

  1. Aaron described that the law in the Old Testament served four basic functions: it defined and described what God meant by righteousness, explained and emphasized how God feels about justice, served as a confirmation (not a condition) of our relationship with God, and showed us how good the Good News really is.

    Have you considered the law like this before?

    Why do you think a loving God would ask his people to uphold laws and commandments?

  2. Read Matthew 19:16-26 aloud.

    What kind of deal was the rich man seeking? How is Jesus' offer different?

    While Jesus might not ask you to give away all of your possessions, he challenged the rich young man with this because his treasure was his “functional savior,” or in other words, what he relied on instead of God. What is your “functional savior”?

  3. Jesus’ deal is better, and it goes like this: Salvation comes from a good God through Jesus alone to anyone who would receive it. Is this the deal you’ve received, or do you place your hope in the good deeds you do?

    Who do you know who needs to hear about this message of grace? (Consider inviting him or her to join you for Easter this year!)