Today is Tuesday, February 27th, 2018. Good morning! Today’s passage will clarify how we as believers, being freed from the law, which exposed our spiritual depravity, now allows us to fully, and in new ways of the Spirit, serve our God and King. Please join us at our Gatherings, Sundays @ 9:00 and 10:45 am. - Max

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Would you drive differently if the laws of the road did not apply to you? If yes, how so?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Romans 7: 5-6]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

-What does Paul correlate “living in the flesh” with? V.5
-"Our sinful passions” being “aroused by the law” means what of the Laws relation to sin? V.5
-What is meant by “fruit for death”? V.5.  Please use Galatians 5:22-23 as reference
-How are we released from the law? Please look ahead to Romans 10:4
-What held us captive? What did we die to? Please use Romans 6:3
-What is the new way of the Spirit? Please use Romans 1:1-5 as reference

+ 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)
_ Since “The righteous live by faith”, what is one way you are being called by Christ to step outside your comfort zone this week and have faith that God has a purpose through that conviction he has given you?
_ Are you spending time in the Word and in prayer, to hear the Lord speak to you? It is these two actions that lead us to repentance, as well as our daily callings to God’s will.

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
Pray the Lord would put upon your heart the person(s) in your life that you are to share the good news of the Gospel to, through organic circumstances in a relationship. If you know who this person is God is calling you to walk with; How can you take a simple step of obedience, to show the love and passion of Christ to him/her?