Good morning on this Wednesday! In this passage Paul speaks of a death in baptism, and new life gained through Jesus’ resurrection. Please join us this Sunday at our 9:00am and 10:45am gatherings.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one thing Jesus is calling you to strive for today, in new life? What is one thing you wish to be buried?
_ Are you walking with anyone who seems to be caught in sin, trying to bury it themselves? How can you encourage them in your testimony of new life in Christ?
_ Thank God today for Christ’s victorious resurrection! Pray that God would show His truth through the following passage, and the calling or conviction he has placed upon you today as Jesus has raised you from the dead.
DISCOVER [ Romans 6:1-7 ] What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What two questions does Paul ask in v1?
_ What does Paul mean by “We are those who have died to sin” v2
_ What question does Paul ask in v2, and what does it reveal about a new life in Christ?
_ What does it mean to be baptized into Christ’s death, to be buried with him?
_ What is the result we find in v4, of being baptized into his death?
_ What does it mean for us to “no longer be a slave to sin” v6
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass this word of freedom along to, or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)