“Grace Wins the Gold!” [Romans 6:12-14]

Today is Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.  The Winter Olympics have taken center stage over the last 10 days or so in our culture.  Yet, for the athletes, these few days represent only a tiny sliver of the investment and sacrifice that led them to the games.  They have chosen a new path, a new life for this period of their lives.  Each part of their lives reflects their wholehearted commitment to their goal.  Kim  

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever chosen, like the Olympians, to accept a major challenge in your life? Perhaps it was school or work related? Or maybe it was in restoring a relationship or training for a race?  Share this challenge with the group. What kind of obstacles did you have to navigate?  What sacrifices did you have to make in order to meet your goal?  How hard was it to put new patterns into place and break old, familiar habits?

PRAY
Yahweh, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Jesus our Great Shepherd: Help us!

We confess that we are habit makers, we are comfort seekers, we often travel the same worn out roads of sin again and again.  Help us see anew!  Help us radically shift our eyes from a self-focus to a kingdom focus.  Help us keep our eyes on the gold medal of freedom in You and trust, in all our backsliding and failures, that you have the power to break the bonds of sin.   

DISCOVER  [Romans 6:12-14]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.  12-14 That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.   The Message

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  ESV

Message
_ What does this passage in The Message hit us with, right out of the gate at the end of verse 11?  We are dead to ______ and alive to___________?
_ In your own words what does “That’s what Jesus did,” mean to you?
_ Still in The Message translation, what words stick out to you...jump off the page?  
_ How does the Paul contrast the two ways of living.  Find contrasting words, reflect on why they are so black and white.

ESV
_ What does Paul say the “default setting” is on our “mortal body” in verse 12?
_ How does this translation also show similar contrast?  Why might it be useful to see this concept in various translations?
_ What would it look like to present ourselves “to God as those who have been brought from death to life?”
_ How do our daily lives reflect that we are presenting our “members to God as instruments of righteousness?”
_ If we allow sin to have dominion, and neglect the power that is available to us in Jesus, what lie are we believing?
_ What reminder does Paul give to each of us in the second half of verse 14.

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life, or pattern of living, that you are being led, by Jesus, to break out of?  If so, which area and what is your next step this week?
_ Are there any areas of your life that Jesus is inviting you to enter into anew? What are you waiting for?  
_ Is there a relationship/work environment/personal sin that you feel like you are lacking power or strength to battle against?  Is Jesus calling you to trust Him and ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

Dead To Sin and Alive To Christ [Romans 6:5-11]

Today’s reading comes from Romans 6.  Wouldn’t it be great to have Paul come and sit with us as we walk through his letter to the Romans!  I had a college professor who always used to talk about the “now and not yet” and this is a great example of that idea.  You’ll read how Christ’s victory over sin and death has freed us to live in Him...and yet we’re still sinners living in a sinful world.  So how do we actually live in that victory and how should/does it impact us here and now? Stay tuned...

CONNECT
_ As you think about your relationship with Him, what’s primarily on your mind today?
_ Is there anything you’re struggling with lately? How can those around you help or pray specifically?

PRAY
As you prepare to read this brief passage, ask Him to open your eyes, heart, and mind to what He would have you hear, how He would have you respond and with whom you might share what you’ve read.

DISCOVER [Romans 6.5-11]
5 We are dead to sin and alive to Christ. Because we have been united with him in
death like him we will be united with him in resurrection. 6 Our old self was crucified with him that our body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7-8 the one who has died has been set free from sin… if we have died with Christ we know we will live with him (just as he lived). 9- Christ will never die again- death no longer has dominion over him. 10- The death he died he died to sin once for all, the life he lives to God. 11- We must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ.

+ WHAT is this passage saying?
- What does it mean to be dead to sin? What about being alive to Christ?
- Is there a difference between being “enslaved” by sin and being an imperfect, sinful person?
- What do you think it means when Paul says that the life Jesus lives, he lives to God?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?
- Is there any sin to which you’re feeling enslaved?
- In what ways has it been difficult to die to sin?
- What do you feel Him encouraging you to do or how do you feel he is asking you to respond as a result of this passage?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them?
- Who might benefit from hearing that Jesus has died to sin on our behalf?
- If you were walking a new believer through this passage, how would you explain it?

“Baptized into New Life” [ Romans 6:1-4]

Happy Monday, friends! About a week ago, I attended a three day Christian retreat in my home state of Georgia. At one point during the retreat, my group began to discuss the beauty and importance of baptism. As we discussed how we wanted to live lives of grace we talked about what baptism meant for us, that we truly live a new life as believers. How beautiful and important that gift of grace that grants new life is to me and the ladies I talked with. Today’s Scripture is focused on these things. I hope that we all can learn something new and better walk out the new life we have been given through Christ.  - Mallory

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What impacted you most from the readings in Romans 5:12-21 last week?
- Where do you see the evidence of grace in your life?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Lord, we ask you to meet us where we are today. Whether we feel utterly broken and lost or fully whole in You. You always find us where we are and You never cease to offer grace and love to us. I pray that today I would have a deeper understanding of grace. Help me to hear clearly from You Lord, that You would teach me as I read Your Word. Amen.

DISCOVER  [Romans 6:1-4]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

- How does Romans 5:12-21 influence how we read and understand these verses?
- What does it mean for grace to abound? (v.1)
- What does grace look like lived out? Who have we seen live grace-filled lives?
- What does it mean to be baptized into Jesus’ death? (v.3)
- Why is it important to be baptized into death? (v.4)
- What is meant by “newness of life”? (v.4)

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How do we “walk in newness of life” on a daily basis?
- How can I live a grace-filled life?
- If you are a believer and have not been baptized I want to encourage you to pray about being baptized. Meditate on these Scriptures and pray about acting on this step of faith. Reach out to someone if you have questions.

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

“Sin vs. Grace” [ Roman 5:18-21]

Today is Friday, February 16th, 2018. Good morning! I pray that you would feel grace, not condemnation as you read through this passage. And I pray that you would feel His grace in a fresh and new way today. - Emma

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Where are you struggling with disobedience in your life?
- How has this inner battle brought you closer to the Lord or to a friend?

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Romans 5:18-21]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

- What does this stir up in your own heart?
- How do you feel as you are reminded that you are made righteous? (v 19)
- What does it mean to you that where sin increased, grace increased, too? (v 20)
- Are you living out of the righteousness that has been given to you through Jesus?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- Do you have any friendships in your life where you can work through your disobedience?
- Do you truly believe that Jesus was obedient for YOUR sake?  

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

"Grace Came Through Jesus" [Romans 5:15-17]

It's Thursday, February 15, 2018.  These verses describe the theological concept of "federal headship", a key concept in understanding the truly good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Dig into this text to see how wonderful God's plan of redemption for humanity really is!!! - Chris Adomanis

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
Do you think the account of Adam and Eve in Genesis is real history or just a story or fable to provide some spiritual insight?  Why is the answer to this question so important?

PRAY
Heavenly Father, thank you for reversing the curse of sin, taking the imputation of Adam's actions that fell upon us, accepting Christ's perfect obedience and imputing His righteousness to the account of those who believe.  Amazing grace, who sweet the sound!!!  Amen.

DISCOVER [Romans 5:15-17]
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_Based on what is written here in Romans Chapter 5, what is the cause of death in the world?  Does that change your view on the subject matter?  
_Paul is obviously comparing and contrasting Adam to Jesus in these verses.  How are they the same?  How are they different?
_Notice how many times the term "free gift" is used in just these three verses.  What is the free gift?  Free to whom?
_What are your thoughts on Paul's choice of the words "much more" in verses 15 and 17?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_These verses show the disastrous results that sin brought into the world.  Examine any way you are rebelling against God in your own life.  Confess and repent to the One who saved you and receive forgiveness and restoration with Him today!!!

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_Do you have someone in your life TODAY that challenges you (and you challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?

“Sin + Death - A Valentine’s Day Special” [ Romans 5:12-14 ]

Today is Wednesday, February 14th: Happy Valentine’s Day! Make sure you take some time to tell the ones near to you how much you love them. Today we continue with Paul through the book of Romans. Today’s passage might seem bleak, but it provides the background to the greatest act of love mankind has ever known, so do not be discouraged! If this is your first time joining us, I would encourage you to take some time to read what has come before, as to fully understand this small passage, it is helpful to know the context in which it is written. That being said, I pray that our understanding of the gospel will grow deeper and love for Christ will grow stronger. - Peter

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Have you ever known something was wrong without anyone explicitly telling you so? How did you know?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Romans 5:12-14 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

_ How did sin come into the world? Through whom?
_ What followed sin coming into the world? What are the ways we see this around us?
_ What does it mean that sin is not counted where there is no law?
_ What does it mean that Adam was “a type of the one who was to come?” Who is “the one to come”? Feel free to read ahead if you’re not sure!
_ How does this passage connect to Paul’s overall argument in Romans?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ What does this passage teach us about our condition apart from Christ? What is my response to this?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

 

“At the Right Time, Christ Died” [Romans 5: 6-11]

Today is February 12th, 2018; Happy Tuesday! In this morning’s passage we will unravel the reason or cause for a believer’s rejoicing. Take some time to work through  the definition of rejoicing, as well you unique nature of rejoicing and what that reaction looks like in your life. Please join us at our Gatherings, Sundays @ 9:00 and 10:45am. - Max

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is the last circumstance, blessing, item, or action that caused you to rejoice?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Romans 5: 6-11]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

_What does Paul mean by “weak”? v.6
_What does it mean by “at the right time, Christ died? Please use Acts 2: 22-23 as a reference.
_Why would one(Jesus) “scarcely die for a righteous person”? Please use Luke 5: 30-32 as a reference.
_How has God chosen to show his love?  v.8
_What causes someone to be viewed as justified before God? V.9
_When a person is justified before God, what exactly is that person being saved from? V.9. Please use Romans 1:18-20 as reference
_Who were the now justified, enemies of? V.10. Please use Matthew 12: 28-30 as reference
_Reconciliation with God and Everlasting Life are caused by two things. What are those two things? Found in v.10
_Why does the believer in Jesus Christ have reason to rejoice, and rejoice always? Refer back to v.9-11.

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Since “The righteous live by faith”, what is one way you are being called by Christ to step outside your comfort zone this week and have faith that God has a purpose through that conviction he has given you?
_ Are you spending time in the Word and in prayer, to hear the Lord speak to you? It is these two actions that leads us to repentance, as well as our daily callings to God’s will.

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

Pray the Lord would put upon your heart the person(s) in your life that you are to share the good news of the Gospel to, through organic circumstances in relationship. If you know who this person is God is calling you to walk with; How can you take a simple step of obedience, to show the love and passion of Christ to him/her?

"Peace + Suffering” [ Romans 5.1-5 ]

Happy Monday, February 12, 2018!  Today we shift into the next major section of Romans as we look at how the revelation of God's salvation in Jesus begins to shape our lives, even through suffering.  I hope you have a great start to your week!  - Joey

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Have you ever wondered what a hardship you have faced produces?  

PRAY
Thank God for the peace you have with God and the sufferings you are going through knowing that God is working through them to transform your life. 

DISCOVER  [Romans 5.1-5]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
_ vs. 1-2 carry a past, present and future aspect- what are each of these? 
_ In vs. 3 what do we find we are to rejoice in?
_ In vs. 4 what does suffering ultimately produce in us?
_ In vs. 5 why are we not put to shame?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there a way the Lord is calling you to embrace a current area of suffering? (i.e., taking time to rejoice in it, enduring, dwelling on God's love being poured out into your heart?)

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who can you encourage with this truth today?  What is your next step with them?

“Fully Convinced of God” [Romans 4:17-25]

Today is Friday, February 9, 2018. Happy Friday! Today we continue to study the faith of Abraham and the amazing promise that just as God brought Jesus back to life from the dead, so also can He bring new life to what we thought was dead in our lives. He is our effectual hope; He is faithful to answer His promises as we boldly hope in Him.  -Monica

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Have you ever been with someone who has special privileges that you got to enjoy because you were with them… that glorious moment of “oh, it’s ok. They’re with me,” and you’re in the VIP room? In what way is faith in Christ like that?

PRAY
Thank God for His Spirit who opens our eyes to His truth and for His Word.  Thank Him that Jesus is our righteousness, that faith in Him and His work on the cross to justify us is all that is required to stand boldly before His throne. What an amazing God we serve that He would offer His perfect righteousness to us to receive by faith!

DISCOVER  [Romans 4:17-25]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

_   Vs 17-21 Abraham must have thought it was crazy that at age 100 with no children God would make him the “father of many nations.” What is Abraham’s response to what sounds like an impossible promise from God?

_ In vs. 20-21 we see in part how Abraham’s faith could grow as he waited for God to do the impossible and bring life out of his dead loins and Sarah’s dead womb. What was he doing?
_ In vs 21-22 Why was Abraham’s faith counted as righteousness?
_ In vs 23-25 Paul connects Abraham’s faith to ours. What is the great promise for us? On whom does this faith rest?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?  

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ What kind of people would we be if we were “fully convinced that God [is] able to do what he promised” in all aspects of our lives?
_ Is there an area where I lack this full confidence in God?
_Do you need to surrender an area over to faith?
_Do you truly believe that by faith in Jesus you are counted righteous and there is nothing else needed?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who can you encourage with this truth today?

“It Depends on Faith” [Romans 4:15-16]

Today is Thursday, February 8th, 2018. Do we have grace from God because we do what He says? No. This would be a failed endeavor. We were given the Law to show our need for God’s grace. We are now justified through Christ's life, death and resurrection. God’s wrath was poured out and Christ fulfilled the law. We are no longer under the law. Our transgressions have been erased through our faith in God’s grace.

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Do you have faith in God’s grace or your moral ability?
_ Do you believe that there are no transgressions between you and God?

PRAY
Take a moment to thank God for his grace. That Christ has fulfilled the law and we are no longer under that law that brings God’s wrath but has had our transgressions erased.

DISCOVER  [Romans 4:15-16]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,

_ What does the law bring?
_ No law means no what?
_ What depends on faith?
_ What does the promise rest on?
_ Who is the promise guaranteed to?
_ Who should we share the faith of?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are you an adherent of the law or one who shares the faith of Abraham?
_ Do you think of God as wrathful or merciful?
_ How can you share Abraham's faith? Read the bible daily? Join a community? Confess a transgression?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

 

“God Promised!” [Romans 4:13-14]

Today is Wednesday, February 7, 2018.  

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Think about promises you have made to others. How difficult is it to keep each of these promises?  Share an example of a promise kept and a promise broken with the group, if you are able.
_ How is our covenant-keeping Lord giving you (or someone you are walking with) the faith, strength, and wisdom to hold on to God’s promises and be a promise-keeper?

PRAY
Precious Jesus, forgive us for our unbelief.  Please open our eyes so we can believe, trust in your promises, and obey your teaching.

I Know Whom I Have Believed
Daniel W. Whittle, pub.1883 - first 3 verses

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.

Refrain:
But “I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”

I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.

I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.
 


DISCOVER  [Romans 4:13-14]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)


13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.  Romans 4:13-14 ESV

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2 that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 8 And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”    Genesis 17:1-8 ESV

5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?  7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.  Galatians 3:5-7 ESV

_ In vs. 13 we find a significant promise made by God to a specific person, Abraham.  What did God promise to Abraham?  (See Genesis 17:1-8 included above.)
_ Who does this original promise include?  How do you and I fit in this covenant today?  What key word in Genesis 17:7 helps us know that we are included in this promise?
_ Paul contrasts “the law” and “the righteousness of faith” in vs 13.  Do we see “the law” in the original promise?  Do we see faith in the original promise?  If so, where?
_ Who might be the “adherents to the law?”  How does this convict you personally?
_ The definition of “null” is having no legal or binding force; invalid.  The definition of void is “not valid or legally binding.”  How does this contractional language fit with Paul’s argument?
_ What does it mean to be an heir? Savor the word and the blessing that comes with being part of God’s family!
_ How does Galatians 3:5-7 add a nuance to the similar language Paul uses in Romans 4:12-13?  How does reading both Genesis and Galatians give us a fuller picture of the Romans 4:12-13 passage?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you are being invited to surrender and trust that God is doing the work He promised?  If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Is Jesus inviting you to take a step towards Him today? Where is He calling you to meet Him?  In His Word, through His people, and/or in His Church?  
_ Is there a place that you are lacking power or strength or belief?  Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer?                                                                                                                                                                                                            

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

"Circumcision of the Heart" [Romans 4.9-12]

Happy Tuesday!  True to what we’ve seen thus far, today’s passage in Romans is confusing and verbose...and almost lost without the context of the rest of the chapter. It may be helpful to back up a bit and take in the preceding verses and even continue on past verse 12. Remember that using a commentary, study guide or talking with someone else may be helpful, too. As tricky as it is, this is God’s living word and it’s worth taking the time to figure out what He is saying in context, culture, and Christ.

CONNECT
- What was the primary thought or lesson that you took away from this past Sunday’s gathering?
- As you think about your relationship with Him, what’s primarily on your mind today?
- Ask Him to lead you to whatever, whomever or wherever He has for you today...for His glory and for your ultimate good!

PRAY
As you prepare to read this brief passage, ask Him to open your eyes, heart and mind to what He would have you hear, how He would have you respond and with whom you might share what you’ve read.

DISCOVER
Romans 4:9-12 New International Version (NIV)

9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

+ WHAT is this passage saying?
- Why is Paul so hyper-focused on circumcision?
- Why do you think Paul elevates Abraham’s faith in this passage?
- Why might it be important that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness BEFORE Christ came to earth?
- What was the significance of physical circumcision for the Israelites? How is that similar or different from a circumcision of the heart?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?
- If you’re honest, do you find yourself focusing on the outward or inward signs of “circumcision?”
- What do you feel Him encouraging you to do or how do you feel he is asking you to respond as a result of this passage?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them?
- How can the righteousness that has been credited to you impact others today?
- Who might benefit from hearing of this righteousness that can come from only Him?

 

“It Was Counted to Him as Righteousness” [ Romans 4:1-8]

Happy Monday! I hope that today is a good day for you. For some, Mondays can be hard, but I pray that today would be a good Monday for you in whatever you are doing. And today I hope we can all be encouraged as we look at the example of Abraham in Romans. Abraham, the one with the song talking about his many sons, also has many lessons to teach us through the example of his life. In this passage in Romans, we get to see how Abraham’s faith in God had an incredible impact on his life. - Mallory

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What do you know about Abraham and his life?
- How would you summarize Romans chapter three?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)

PRAY
Lord as we continue to look at what faith is I pray that you would guide our thoughts. Lord teach us what faith is, help us to understand the importance of faith. Help us to learn more about You and how we are called to live in response to You. Thank you for all that You have accomplished in our lives already. Thank you for all that you will accomplish in our lives from here on out. Amen.

DISCOVER  [Romans 4:1-8]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,

   and whose sins are covered;

8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

- What is meant by “justified by works?” (v.2)
- How did Abraham gain righteousness?
- What is righteousness? Why is righteousness important?
- What does verse 5 teach us we need to have? Why is this important?
-  Verses 7 and 8 come from the start of Psalm 32. Take a moment to read this Psalm. What does Psalm 32:10 tell us we need to do in response to the Lord?
- Is there a difference in having faith and trusting in the Lord?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How have works taken priority in my life over having faith?
- Are there “works” in my life that I need to step away from/put away because of the distraction they are causing? What are practical steps I can take to accomplish this?
- How am I called to actively live out my faith? What practical steps do I need to take this week?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

“Unworthy and Full of Faith” [ Romans 3:27-31 ]

Today is Friday, February 2nd, 2018. As we continue in this series of Romans, we see that God is faithful, despite our unfaithfulness to Him; He deems us worthy, even when we feel unworthy of his grace; and He is inclusive, especially when we start to realize we really shouldn’t be included as those who are justified in His eyes.  -Emma

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- When do you notice you try to earn your way into God’s love?
- How has this inner battle brought you closer to the Lord or to a friend?

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Romans 3:27-31]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

- What does the word “boasting” mean to you?
- What “works” do you try to incorporate into your life to compensate for a lack of faith? (v 28)
- Do you think about God as the God of the Christians, or do you think about Him as the God of the Muslims, Atheists, and Hindus, too? (v 29)
- In what areas of your life have you noticed that your faith in God has allowed you to uphold the law? (v 31)
- Do you believe you can be unworthy and deeply loved by God at the same time?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- Do you have any friendships in your life where you can work through the places where you lack faith?
- Do you tend to ask God to give you more faith or do you try to do more works to earn his love?  

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

The Righteousness of God Revealed in Jesus [Romans 3:21-26]

It's Thursday, February 1, 2018.  These verses from the book of Romans form the very foundation of the Gospel (the Good News) of Jesus Christ.  Paul has made clear up to this point that ALL of humanity, both Jew and Gentile, is unrighteous by nature or at its very core.  Because of this, we are incapable of living righteously.  If perfect righteousness is needed to be in right relationship with God, who then can be saved?  Read and learn about the revelation Paul received from God concerning “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe”.  - Chris Adomanis

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_If you conducted a survey in your neighborhood or at your workplace, how would people answer the question “How does a person get into Heaven”?

PRAY
Heavenly Father, how easily we forget “from whence we came”.  If it wasn’t for your gracious gift of faith, we would be living futile lives, without purpose; without hope.  May the mercy you showed us spur us to share your amazing redemptive plan to all we come into contact with on a daily basis.  Amen.

DISCOVER [Romans 3:21-26]
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's
righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_The phrase “the righteousness of God” has been used several times in the first three chapters of Romans.  How would you define it?
_What does it mean to “believe” in verse 22?
_”Justification” and “redemption” are legal terms.  How would you define their use in verse 24?  
_The Greek word for “propitiation” is the same word used in the Old Testament for the Mercy Seat on top of the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:17-22).  What does that mean to you?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are there individuals or people groups you condemn or judge because of their sin?  Repent and ask the Lord to soften your heart, remembering “it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith”.

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_Do you have someone in your life TODAY that challenges you (and you challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?

“How Could God Judge the World” [Romans 3:5-8]

Today is January 30th, 2018; Happy Tuesday! Today we continue through the book of Romans and dive into a passage where Paul begins to unravel the heart of a believer, and how one is to conduct themselves in correlation to God’s righteousness.  Please join us at our Gatherings, Sundays @ 9:00 and 10:45 am. - Max

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one example from your childhood where you tried to justify a wrongdoing you took part in or caused?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Romans 3: 5-8]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

5 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) 6 By no means! For then how could God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8 And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

_ Another way to word what Paul is saying here is the following: If our imperfection and wrongdoings show the Glory and perfection of God, Why are we to be condemned?
_Please read Romans 6:1-2 to help answer the above question.
_Paul uses the expression “By no means!” multiple times in the beginning chapters of Romans. What importance is Paul trying to express through using this phrase?
_Consider Paul’s question in v.8, “And why not do evil that good may come?”. View the question in light of Genesis 50:15-21. If God uses what we mean for evil, for an ultimately good purpose, why not do evil as much as we want?

    Read Romans 6:15-19. Perhaps through asking these ‘devil’s advocate’ questions, Paul is addressing the motivations of the heart in a true believer, or maybe more than that; the heart of someone who doesn't truly believe? What motivations of the heart does a believer in Christ have? Someone who justifies their wrongdoings by letting their “unrighteousness serve to show the righteousness of God”, or someone who lives by the words of Romans 6:2?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Since “The righteous live by faith”, what is one way you are being called by Christ to step outside your comfort zone this week and have faith that God has a purpose through that conviction he has given you?
_ Are you spending time in the Word and in prayer, to hear the Lord speak to you? It is these two actions that lead us to repentance, as well as our daily callings to God’s will.

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
Pray the Lord would put upon your heart the person(s) in your life that you are to share the good news of the Gospel to, through organic circumstances in a relationship. If you know who this person is God is calling you to walk with; How can you take a simple step of obedience, to show the love and passion of Christ to him/her?

 

“God's Faithfulness Despite our Unfaithfulness” [Romans 3.1-4]

Today is Monday January 29, 2018.  As we learned in our gatherings yesterday the section between 1.18-3.20 Paul is answering the question "Why does God's righteousness have to be revealed?".  In today's passage we are reading the first 4 verses of chapter 3 as Paul continues to address the Jewish law to his readers and how the law and God's nature continue to expose our sin.  It was a joy to gather with you yesterday, let us know how we can support you or pray for you as you grow in Jesus and your availability to Him for His purposes!

- Joey

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_How is your heart this morning, do you feel like you are in a place of consistency or inconsistency?

PRAY
Thank God for His consistency, His faithfulness even through our inconsistencies and sin. Praise Him!

DISCOVER  [Romans 3.1-4 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3 What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”
_  What question does Paul ask in vs.1? 
_  What is his first answer in vs. 2? 
_ What is the second question he brings up in vs. 3? 
_ How does he answer in vs. 4 in quoting Psalm 51.4? 
_ What does this teach us about the character of God? 

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are there any areas of my life where God has demonstrated his faithfulness through your unfaithfulness? Repent
_ Are there any ways you are living unfaithful to God's law now that you are feeling convicted to change? 

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

“Circumcision of the Heart” [Romans 2.25-29]

Today is Friday, January 26, 2018. Circumcision is an Old Testament practice that God uses to show His covenant promise with His people. Throughout the Bible God also uses this as a metaphor for the faithfulness or unfaithfulness (uncircumcision) of his people when they harden their hearts against Him. Paul uses this language of circumcision to emphasize that the faithfulness that God desires from His people is not signs of outward conformity but the faithfulness of our hearts. -Monica

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)

_Have you ever done something to check the ‘religious’ box without truly meaning it?

PRAY
Thank God for His Spirit who opens our eyes to His truth and for His Word.  Thank Him that Jesus is our righteousness, that we do not have to earn God’s approval by our own efforts. Praise Him!

DISCOVER  [Romans 2.25-29]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law.28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

_  Circumcision is a mark of being God’s people, but in vs 25-27 Paul qualifies that with obedience to the law of God. Why does he do that?
_ In vs. 28-29 Paul emphasizes that circumcision is not purely outward, but inward. How so? What does that say about what God values in His people?
_ In vs. 29 What is the Spirit’s role in circumcision? What do you think that looks like?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?  

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there a place where I am outwardly conforming, doing something that looks religious, but lacking the right heart motivation?
_ Is there something that I need to stop or start doing in light of this?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Is there someone you know who is stuck in the cycle of outward conformity to religious practices whom you can encourage with this truth?

 

“Do You Not Teach Yourself?” [Romans 2:17-24]

Today is Thursday, January 25th, 2018. There is something satisfying about calling out someone who is being hypocritical. Yet when we are the one being called out it can be a tough pill to swallow. We love to be in the right and it can be hard to admit it when we are wrong.Taking a long hard look in the mirror can be difficult. Pointing our finger at someone else distracts from our own flaws. We are all hypocrites and it takes humility to realize this fact. Humility is something that every great teacher has. Paul was possibly one of the humblest teachers there ever was. Bold in Christ, but never boastful of himself. Knowledge and position in life can sometimes cause us to forget our humble beginnings. We are all saved by the grace of God, not because of who we are, but who God is. Every one of us from the richest to poorest is guilty of blaspheming God. No matter how we may try to cover it up.

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Do you ever create a hierarchy of your life compared to others?
_ Have you ever called someone out in disapproval only to turn towards your own imperfection?

PRAY
O our Lord and God, restrain our thoughts so that they do not wander amid the vanities of this world. O Lord our God, grant that I may be united to the affection of your love, unworthy though I be. Glory be to you, O Christ. Ascend into the chamber of your renowned light, O Lord; sow in me the good seed of humility, and under the wings of your grace hide me through your mercy. If you were to mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? Because there is mercy with you.

DISCOVER  [Romans 2:17-24]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

_ In v.17 what do they rely on and what do they boast in?
_ What do they know and what are they sure of in verses 18 and 19?
_ What are the examples of their work in verse 20?
_ What does paul ask them in verses 21 and 22?
_ In v. 23 what do they boast in?
_ In v. 24 why is God blasphemed?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)

_ Where is hypocrisy in my life?
_ Do I boast in”the law” i.e., money, job, possessions, status, appearance?
_ Do I need to teach myself and do I need to repent to someone in my life?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?

 

“The Law is Written on Their Hearts”  [Romans 2: 12-16]

Our journey through Romans continues!  Today, “The Law” is on display.  As the sun rises each morning and illuminates each part of God’s creation so we may see, the law was given to illuminate sin so that we would see our need for a Saviour. - Kim

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Talk about the purpose of law...in homes, schools, government, in the nation, and world?  How are God’s laws purposeful in your life?  How does law bless?  How does law convict?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with as they see their need for Jesus?

PRAY
Open our eyes, Jesus.  Help us see the law you have written on the hearts of all men.  I know I often want to uphold my law and use it as a tool to judge others.  Forgive me for this, Lord.  Help me see myself and others with your eyes.  Help me love others and be your instrument to point them away from a law that will condemn, and point them to you, the fulfillment of the law, King Jesus.  

DISCOVER  [Romans 2: 12-16]

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

_ What does verse 12 tell us about those who have sinned without the law?
_ What does it also tell us about those who have sinned under the law?
_ Verse 13 uses the word justified, just as if we had never sinned.  Who will be justified according to this verse?
_ How does this truth encourage or convict you personally?
_ What do you notice about verse 14?  How are those observations answered or expounded on in verse 15?
_ What bears witness to Jew and Gentile alike?  Why?  How?
_ God has a very specific role that he plays in verse 16.  How does God’s power to do this with you affect you today?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)

_ Is there an area of your life that you have a tendency to be a law-maker/keeper/giver?  How can you lay down the gavel and turn it over to God, the ultimate judge of men?  What is your first step this week?
_ Are there any areas Jesus is inviting you to be a doer not just a hearer of The Law?
_ Is there a place where what is written on your heart is not matching your actions?  Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer to turn away from this action and turn toward Him?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?