Today is Monday, February 26, 2018. Today we dive into Romans 7.  Paul begins by laying a foundation for understanding our new relationship to the law.  I hope and pray you have a great start to your week!   - Joey

(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever broken a law?  What were the affects in your life? 

Ask the Lord to open your heart to the truth of His word.  Let's continue to pray for those we are walking with in Jesus and our broader church family. 

DISCOVER  [Romans 7.1-4]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. 4 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.
_  Who is Paul speaking to in vs. 1?
_  When is a law binding on a person in vs.1?
_  What example does he use in vs.2-3?
_ In vs. 4 what have we died to?
_ In vs. 4 why have we died to it?
_ In vs. 4 who do we belong to?
_ In vs. 4 why else have we died to the law? 
_ Why does living to the law inhibit us from belonging to Christ and bearing fruit? 

+ HOW am I convicted of confess sin to confess 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). 
_  Is there an area of your life that you are living "under the law"... where you are trying to keep a rule in order to justify yourself before God?

+ 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?