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This weeks Small Group in partnership with Consuming Worship we start the initial week of our new format. Small portions means more knowledge. This week we’re jumping in on Romans chapter three[3] verses one[1] through eight[8].(Side Note: If you haven’t read Romans chapter three[3], but want to participate. Read it now and write about it. Any input is better than no input. Everyone is welcome.) [Mr. Linky is at the bottom]

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Romans 3:4

…Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true.

That’s relieving. Really. If EVERYONE else is a liar, God is true. No matter what you do, no matter what I do, no matter what happens to the earth, no matter what seems to go on in the world, God DOES NOT change. It doesn’t go into detail over what is true about God, because there is no need to. Only time there is need for specification is when whatever you’re speaking of is not consistent all the way through. God’s love…it does not change. It’s real, and is as consistent as what it is spoke of throughout scripture; never change, never ending, not self seeking, it’s patient, kind, gentle. I could go on and on. The point here is this, GOD DOES NOT CHANGE, even when everything else around us seems to.

I go on to read verses five[5] through eight[8] and one thing comes to my mind as I read. First off, I love how in brackets it states: “This is merely a human point of view.” Knowing that man’s mind is corrupt and tainted, this helps deeply to understand the scripture here. Secondly, think if we didn’t sin. The point made is this:

Romans 3:7

…how can God condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights his truthfulness and brings him more glory?

If we did not sin, our lives would honor and glorify Him through and through. There would be no room for contradiction or hypocrisy. Our lives would be honoring him every second. However, because our lives do not do that, God is able to be glorified through His ability to take our sins and create beauty. Our sin however has tainted the original beauty that He made in the beginning. Why certainly as a human it would be easy for me to jump on the bandwagon of saying, “Yes! Yes! My sin glorifies God through his blessing of redemption and healing.” While that is true; His Kingdom would be untainted and unneeded of redemption and healing if it were not because of our sin.

All this just continues to show and affirm me that God’s grace is wonderful in his faithfulness. His faithfulness goes to the measure of every end of our lives. In our sin, he will create beauty. In our brokenness, there will be healing. In our hurting, there will be never ending love and peace. In our confusion there will be depths of understanding. Also however, through our sin God will give us grace by discipline. Why? Because our God is faithful and just. He loves us enough to be gentle and firm. He loves us to the point of changing our lives, and not allowing us to become content with our nature to sin and to disgrace His name.

Again, remember, even if everyone is a liar…God is still true.

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Again, if you’re new and not sure what to do, below I have posted the instructions to the group. Take the time to read them, it will help make this group much easier for you.


[p.s. Don’t forget to link back to here so everyone can go back and forth easily and to leave a comment. Be blessed]

[due to to post your link or see links to others blogs and findings from this weeks scripture, you have to click the Mr Linky icon]

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Written by vagabondrunn

June 17, 2008 at 7:42 am

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  1. […] it’s Tuesday, which means it is blogger small group time. Link up at Run’n Like a Vagabond to see the rest of the […]

  2. My post is up I will check back later to read your comments.


    June 17, 2008 at 8:41 am

  3. I’m in like Flynn, loved the shorter section, really felt like I could focus more attention on it, bout to add you to my blog roll, sorry for not doing that sooner.


    June 17, 2008 at 8:44 am

  4. […] is my installment for the Blogger Small Group post on Romans chapter 3:1-8. There is always time for anyone to join in if they like (see Blogger Small […]

  5. I totally agree, the smaller section was a blessing this week, I was really able to focus more on what Paul was talking about in one section.

    Scott Fillmer

    June 17, 2008 at 9:42 am

  6. […] be participating in this week’s Blogger Small Group. I would encourage you to go over to Kyle’s blog and read what all the others have to say. That’s my intention this week, and I hope to be […]

  7. Liked the smaller section as well…

    Romans is just too deep, ya know?

    You and I are tracking together, although I think you may have explained it better than I.

    Off to make rounds about the group! 🙂


    June 17, 2008 at 8:41 pm

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