Happy Monday, friends! About a week ago, I attended a three day Christian retreat in my home state of Georgia. At one point during the retreat, my group began to discuss the beauty and importance of baptism. As we discussed how we wanted to live lives of grace we talked about what baptism meant for us, that we truly live a new life as believers. How beautiful and important that gift of grace that grants new life is to me and the ladies I talked with. Today’s Scripture is focused on these things. I hope that we all can learn something new and better walk out the new life we have been given through Christ. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What impacted you most from the readings in Romans 5:12-21 last week?
- Where do you see the evidence of grace in your life?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Lord, we ask you to meet us where we are today. Whether we feel utterly broken and lost or fully whole in You. You always find us where we are and You never cease to offer grace and love to us. I pray that today I would have a deeper understanding of grace. Help me to hear clearly from You Lord, that You would teach me as I read Your Word. Amen.
DISCOVER [Romans 6:1-4]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
- How does Romans 5:12-21 influence how we read and understand these verses?
- What does it mean for grace to abound? (v.1)
- What does grace look like lived out? Who have we seen live grace-filled lives?
- What does it mean to be baptized into Jesus’ death? (v.3)
- Why is it important to be baptized into death? (v.4)
- What is meant by “newness of life”? (v.4)
+ 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)
- How do we “walk in newness of life” on a daily basis?
- How can I live a grace-filled life?
- If you are a believer and have not been baptized I want to encourage you to pray about being baptized. Meditate on these Scriptures and pray about acting on this step of faith. Reach out to someone if you have questions.
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?