Grace Community Church

Relapse!

Given on September 9, 2018 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Genesis 20
Sermon Series: Beginnings

Almost thirty years after his first failure, Abraham once again attempts to pass Sarah off as his sister in
order to protect himself. What does this tell us about the fallen nature we all live with? Do we ever come
to a point where we have “arrived” in the Christian life? Read and meditate on Romans 7&8
Do you have any areas of your life in which you repeatedly stumble? How do you think the Lord wants
you to respond to these areas? Are you willing to seek out the help, prayers and encouragement of another
believer? Gal. 6:1-5, James 5:16,
Heb 3:13; 12:1ff; II Tim 2:22
How did God show himself faithful to Abraham even though Abraham was faithless at this point in time (II
Tim. 2:13)? What can we do when we fail to live up to God’s standards among non-believers? What do
you think Luther meant when he said that even as believers we need to preach the Gospel to ourselves
daily?

How do you respond to the fact that there are non-believers who are more pleasant, refined, and easier to be
around than certain believers you may know? How can even this reality show forth the truth of the Gospel?