Today is Friday, February 23, 2018. Today we wrap up Romans 6. Paul uses several powerful images in these 3 short verses: fruit, currency, and slavery. Fruit, what are your life and choices producing, and are they worth it? Currency or wages similarly ask us to consider what profit we are working for (or alternatively being gifted) in life. Thirdly the image of a slave asks us whether we are fully devoted to either sin or God. The amazing truth is that as slaves to God we receive the free gift of eternal life; we don’t earn it. And if we are fully devoted to God, then we will also strive to live righteously in His ways (the path of sanctification). Thank God that He has given us the currency of life as a free gift because Jesus paid the currency of death in our place! - Monica
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Do you think the choices in our lives tend to demonstrate our priorities? Do you think we can live with conflicting priorities?
_How do you feel when you receive a gift that is too great to repay?
Thank God for faithfully bringing you to Friday. Thank Him for His free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. Ask Him to stir in you a desire to develop the fruit of righteousness, because we have been given His righteousness and called to live righteously.
DISCOVER [Romans 6: 20-23]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
_ Vs 20 Paul recaps the rest of chapter 6. What does Paul mean by “slaves to sin”? What does it mean that “you were free in regard to righteousness”? Is this a good thing you think?
_ In vs. 20-21 He speaks of the fruit of living in sin. What kind of fruit do we gain? Where does that end?
_ In vs 22 Paul contrasts the fruit of life in Christ to the fruit of life in sin. What is the difference?
_ In vs 22 He calls us “slaves of God”. We don’t usually like that term. What does it mean to be the slave of God?
_Vs 22 What is sanctification? Paul clarifies and sums it all up in the last verse. Why do you think he highlights that this fruit/currency of sin leads to death, but the currency/fruit of God is a “free gift” that leads to life?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?
+ 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)
_ What kind of people would we be if we lived “set free from sin” and as “slaves of God” in all aspects of our lives?
_ Is there an area where I am pursuing the fruit of sin over the fruit of righteousness?
_Do I need to confess and surrender an area of my life over to God in order to pursue sanctification?
_Do I truly believe eternal life is a free gift in Christ Jesus and there is nothing else needed?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who can I encourage with this truth today?