September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017 – The Heart of the Unregenerate
Life Group Questions:
1. If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?
2. Psalm 14 and 53 have often been seen as complementary passages. Read both psalms and describe some similarities and differences between them.
3. In Matthew 5:22 Jesus stated that calling someone a fool brings guilt of hell. How does this teaching correspond to: Jesus calling people fools (cf. Matthew 23:17), God calling people fools (cf. Luke 12:20) and Scripture referring to people as fools (Psalm 14:1)? Is it allowable for us to call somebody a fool? Explain?
4. Describe the biblical meaning of the word “fool.” How is this word used in the Scriptures? Read 1 Samuel 25:1-43 and describe why Abigail called her husband a fool. What characteristics does Psalm 14:1-3 uses to describe such people?
5. Psalm 14 states that God declares none to be good. How does this compare with declarations in the creation account of Genesis 1 where everything is called good? What changed the status of mankind from good to none being good? Do you believe that there are still none good? Do people like newborns fit into this category as well? Explain.
6. What does it mean that none are good? Does this mean that nobody ever does anything good? Can people, apart from Christ, do good? Is it proper for us to make such statements as “he or she is a good person?” Explain.
7. Read Romans 3:1-18. How does Paul use Psalm 14 in his teaching? How did Paul understand and interpret Psalm 14?
8. Have you known a person who claims there is no God? Do you believe that there are people who really believe God does not exist? What does it mean that the fool has said there is no God? What or where is the source of this problem?
9: The unrighteous are said to be guilty of not calling upon the Lord (cf. vs 4). What does it mean to call upon the Lord? How should we be careful not to be guilty of this same fault?
10. Read Psalm 2 and describe how Psalm 14:7 relates to it; especially Psalm 2:6. What is the psalmist longing for in verse 14:7? What is the hope of salvation that he has in mind? What will this one who is called Savior perform?