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
(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?
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?