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?