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Building Blocks of Faith Discussion Starters

  • February 2021 Issue
Discussion Starters

We hope these questions will help you consider (or discuss with others) what God is teaching you through this month’s study of His Word.


1.) Grasp the nature and importance of the gospel.   

2.) Understand the difference between law and grace.         

3.) Discover the secret to holy living.           


  1. Do you ever feel nervous about sharing the gospel with others? What makes you feel afraid?
  2. Why wasn't Paul ashamed of the gospel? Describe some reasons we may feel pressured to act ashamed of the gospel today. How can we resolve to be unashamed, like Paul?
  3. If it is not possible to be saved by keeping the law of Moses, why did God give us the law?
  4. How does the "hope of the glory of God" help us when we are going through suffering?
  5. What is wrong with a Christian saying, "It doesn't matter if I sin, it's all under grace anyway?"
  6. Why do those of us who are in Christ continue to struggle with sin?
  7. What is the "law of the Spirit of life" and how does it enable believers to experience victory over sin?
  8. What does it mean to "offer your body as a living sacrifice?" Describe some ways you can be a living sacrifice to God.
  9. Do I need to agree with the governing authorities in order to submit to them? Why or why not? What does submission look like in terms of government?
  10. Christians sometimes have different convictions about what is acceptable Christian practice. What are some of those practices that invite disagreement. How should we handle these disagreements?

BY Dr. John Koessler

John Koessler is Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Church Ministries at Moody Bible Institute. John authors the “Practical Theology” column for Today in the Word of which he is also a contributing writer and theological editor. An award-winning author, John’s newest title is When God is Silent: Let the Bible Teach You to Pray (Kirkdale). Prior to joining the Moody faculty, he served as a pastor of Valley Chapel in Green Valley, Illinois, for nine years. He and his wife, Jane, now enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan.