Today is Wednesday, February 28th. I can’t believe we are already moving out of February and into March! With Easter quickly approaching, I pray that our time in Romans will open our eyes to our own sinfulness, but then deepen our love for Christ and the sacrifice he paid on our behalf. The deeper we understand our own depravity, the greater our love for Christ will be! - Peter
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- How do you know something is wrong?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
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 7:7-11 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.
_ According to verse 7, what has the law done for us?
_ In verse 8, what does Paul mean when he says that apart from the law, sin lies dead? How does the law make sin “come alive”?
_ Why would God give us a law that makes sin “come alive,” as Paul states?
_ What does this passage teach us about trying to attain righteousness through obedience to the law? What does it uncover our need for?
_ How does the gospel of Jesus Christ remedy this problem?
+ 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)
_ Has knowing God’s law made you more aware of your own sinfulness? In what ways?
_ Why does accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ remedy the problems that the law cannot?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?