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

(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)?

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?