Go around the group and have everyone say something they appreciate about the person to their left. When you're done ask everyone how this exercise made them feel. Ask if they feel like they were portrayed accurately by the person who talked about them. Why or why not?
Go around the group again and have everyone give themselves a grade (A-F) on how well they lived this week. Allow them to explain the criteria by which they made their decision.
How well do we have to live to please God?
Based on what you know about Abraham's life, give him a grade for how well he lived his life. Explain your criteria.
Read Romans 4:1-2. What do you think it means to be "justified?"
Did Abraham live a good enough life that he had reason to be proud of himself? Why or why not?
Why do you think this verse say that he had no reason to be proud in God's eyes?
Read Romans 4:3. What do you think it means to be "credited for righteousness?" In your own words, explain how Abraham received this credit.
What specifically do you think Abraham believed? How much do you think Abraham knew about God's plan to send Jesus?
Read Romans 4:4-5. According to verse four, those who seek to be judged by their works will receive their fair payment. How do you think this will end for most people? Why?
According to verse 5, what is the alternative to being judged by works? What does it meant to "trust God?" For what are you trusting him?
Why is it sometimes hard to trust God? Why are some people unwilling to trust God?
Do you think there is a difference between trusting God for righteousness and trusting Him in every day life? Explain your answer.
For what do you need to trust God this week?