It's Thursday, March 1, 2018. I remember these verses resonating with me as soon as I read them as a "baby believer" back in high school. But who is exactly is Paul talking about here in verses 13-20? Just himself? Just "unsaved" or unrighteous people? Christ followers who have fallen into a state of unbelief? Or could it be all people? Dig into these verses and let the debating begin!!! Chris Adomanis
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
I am sure you have heard the phrase that man (humanity) is "basically good". Man's problems are caused by the environment or his "evil" surroundings. Some people even blame "religion" for the sin in the world. After our journey through the first 7 chapters of Romans, do you agree with this "man is basically good" statement?
Read the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, focusing on all the references to "Thy Word". Pray verses 33-40 back to the Heavenly Father, who is holy, righteous and good (I just answer question #1 for you below)!!!
DISCOVER [Romans 7:12-20]
12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_Why is the Law "holy and righteous and good"? Do you feel that way about the Law?
_What does the phrase "sold under sin" mean?
_Is Paul saying because of sin, we have absolutely no control over our actions? Does this mean we have no responsibility for our sinful ways? How can we do "the good we want to do"?
_ Practically, how are we to put to death the sin that dwells within us?
+ 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)
_These verses show the disastrous results that sin brings into the world. Examine any way that you are rebelling against God in your own life. Confess and repent to the One who saved you and receive forgiveness and restoration with Him today!!
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_Who in your life TODAY is the Lord prompting you to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
_Do you have someone in your life TODAY that challenges you (and you challenge back) to be an effective witness for Christ?