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?