Today is Thursday, February 22th, 2018. I’ve heard it said many times. “I’ll do what I want now and then I’ll ask Jesus for forgiveness later.” The truth is the grace of God is not merely fire insurance. Grace is not an excuse to act carte blanche but is life changing. The term “slave” can carry a negative connotation. The idea of being enslaved to sin is easy to grasp, but enslaved to righteousness seems odd. However, just as sin entangles life, the grace of God captures us and will not let go. Under the Grace of God, my life has been transformed and it will never be the same. I am ruined. Knowing now what Christ has done for me means I can never go back to who I was. Just as a slave cannot leave their master, I cannot escape His grace. Now, truly alive, The Holy Spirit calls me to righteousness. We are free from sin, by obedience to God. Where I once was a servant to my sinful life, I am now a free servant of the one who has saved me.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Do you take grace for granted knowing that you have been forgiven?
_ What are you a slave to, good or bad?
Let us remember that we worship the God who created this world, the God who spoke through his prophets from generation to generation, led his people from captivity to liberty, healed the sick, fed the hungry and was faithful even when faced with rejection. The same God who wants all people to be drawn to his love and grace, to know his forgiveness and the joy of his Salvation. Let us put aside all that hinders and join together in worship and praise. Amen.
DISCOVER [Romans 6:15-19]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
_ Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace?
_ In vs. 16 who are we slaves to?
_ What does sin lead to?
_ What does obedience lead to?
_ What are you set free from?
_ In vs. 18 what are we slaves off?
_ What does this slavery lead to?
+ 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)
_ Are you enslaved to sin or righteousness?
_ What in your life is preventing your sanctification? Becoming more like Christ.
_ How can you become an obedient servant to the Gospel? Study? Community? Confession?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?