This lesson is bound to bring up interesting questions. One question I foresee is: since we are adopted into the family by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, if and when we fall back into "slavery" to the former things, whether it be idols, Law, or addiction, do we lose our salvation? I have been taught that to turn back to the worldly system after salvation, is to fall back under the Law. Falling from grace back to the Law would not be considered a loss of salvation, but rather a loss of freedom in the heart and mind of the child of God. What are your thoughts?
Another question could be; If we are saved by grace, what role does the Law have? Of course, in Romans Paul says grace does not mean that we are free to live recklessly. I understand that through faith in Jesus, I have received the Holy Spirit in my spirit who is a guide to live a life of sanctification. Doesn't the Word and the Holy Spirit continue to instruct us how to live? And is the Word a separate entity from the Law? Jesus came to fulfill the law, not abolish it, and summed it into two directives; love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.
One of the questions in the student booklet of the adult lesson we use asks "What rules and traditions have we added to our faith that often become obstacles for new believers?" Upon profession of faith, our church asks do we renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of sin. If a church requires traditional marriage (heterosexual), members who are living together to be married, and adulterer to give up the affair, would that be considered as adding to salvation by grace?
I am reminded of Peter who rebuked the liars (Annanias, Saphira) in the early church and the Holy Spirit dealt with them in a stern way. Is that an example of salvation by faith, but falling back into former ways of living? Do you think we will we see them in heaven?