Lesson 1 of 13 on Christ and His Law

“Welcome to this series on Church! Yes…I know it’s Christ and His Law…but that’s church isn’t it…Grace and Law…the worship of the God who provides both for our salvation and our safety. But here’s the thing…throughout earthly history…and before with Lucifer…this fight against God’s “church” is what consumes us to a point of paranoia. Why do we pay attention to the “this is the penalty” when we should be pointing to “if you love…here’s how you would be.” The ten commandments? Don’t go Charlton Heston on me…because just like the movie…interpretations throughout history have twisted the Law of Moses. For one thing…it was never Moses’ law…it was God’s law to us…slaves of our heathen cultural past. So…welcome to this series…on Christ…His law…His love for His church.” –Falvo Fowler

Scriptural Basis: Lev. 1:1–9; Deut. 17:2–6; Luke 2:1–5; 14:1–6; Heb. 10:28; James 2:8–12.

Key Text: “When Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves” (Rom. 2:14, NASB).

What kinds of things come to mind for you when you hear the word “law”?

2. How do you account for the fact that most societies or cultures seem to have a sense of good and evil?

3. What role, if any, did the Ten Commandments play in the lives of those in the early church?

4. How do the various law systems contribute to our understanding of God’s moral law, the Ten Commandments?

5. How can we as a church be careful that we don’t make the same mistake as the religious leaders in Jesus’ time by adding burdens to the law that were never meant to be there?

6. How can we learn to give even the most mundane tasks a religious significance?