Today’s reading comes from Romans 6. Wouldn’t it be great to have Paul come and sit with us as we walk through his letter to the Romans! I had a college professor who always used to talk about the “now and not yet” and this is a great example of that idea. You’ll read how Christ’s victory over sin and death has freed us to live in Him...and yet we’re still sinners living in a sinful world. So how do we actually live in that victory and how should/does it impact us here and now? Stay tuned...
_ As you think about your relationship with Him, what’s primarily on your mind today?
_ Is there anything you’re struggling with lately? How can those around you help or pray specifically?
As you prepare to read this brief passage, ask Him to open your eyes, heart, and mind to what He would have you hear, how He would have you respond and with whom you might share what you’ve read.
DISCOVER [Romans 6.5-11]
5 We are dead to sin and alive to Christ. Because we have been united with him in death like him we will be united with him in resurrection. 6 Our old self was crucified with him that our body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7-8 the one who has died has been set free from sin… if we have died with Christ we know we will live with him (just as he lived). 9- Christ will never die again- death no longer has dominion over him. 10- The death he died he died to sin once for all, the life he lives to God. 11- We must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ.
+ WHAT is this passage saying?
- What does it mean to be dead to sin? What about being alive to Christ?
- Is there a difference between being “enslaved” by sin and being an imperfect, sinful person?
- What do you think it means when Paul says that the life Jesus lives, he lives to God?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?
- Is there any sin to which you’re feeling enslaved?
- In what ways has it been difficult to die to sin?
- What do you feel Him encouraging you to do or how do you feel he is asking you to respond as a result of this passage?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them?
- Who might benefit from hearing that Jesus has died to sin on our behalf?
- If you were walking a new believer through this passage, how would you explain it?