I. “I will not be a pauper” (1-15)
How do we convince ourselves that we are not beggars?
Try to become powerful
Lower the bar
II. “I am a pauper” (16-17)
Why is there hope and freedom in finding no hope in ourselves?
“We are beggars: this is true” (Martin Luther’s last written words)
“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!’” (Romans 7:25)
• What are ways that you try to pull yourself away from being a beggar?
• What does it mean to ‘lower the bar’ and why is it deceptive?
• What does the Bible call spiritual progress? Consider Paul’s self-descriptions.
• How are we no longer paupers if we are in Jesus Christ?