Scripture: Romans 6:1-14 (HCSB)
The Church: a resurrected people
What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him. For in light of the fact that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in light of the fact that He lives, He lives to God. So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace.
If God forgives all sin, why should we try to live righteous lives?
- Why care about sin in our lives?
- Why should we resist temptation and, instead, do good?
What does it mean to be made alive with Christ?
- What does the passage say that Christ did for us?
- He was buried into death, and raised from the dead by the glory of the Father.
- He paid the price for our sin by dying and conquered death.
- What does it mean that we have died to sin?
- It does not mean that we immediately become sinless.
- It does mean that sin no longer has power over us.
- We will not suffer the eternal punishment that we deserve because of our sin, because Jesus paid that price.
- When we trust in Christ, we are baptized into His death. This means that sin no longer has power over us because we died to sin.
- What does it mean that we have been raised with Christ?
- Just as Jesus conquered death, we also conquer death when we trust in Christ.
- When sin no longer has power over us, we are born into the power and grace of God, and we gain eternal life.
If sin no longer has any power, why should we avoid it?
- When an orphan is adopted, he or she does not continue to live like an orphan. Instead, he lives like one who has been loved and chosen.
- If we have died to sin and have been adopted by the Father, why would we continue to live in sin apart from Him.
- Instead, because we have been adopted, we live like children of God because that is who we are.
- When we live in sin, even though we have been adopted, we deny our own identity and we deny our Father.
Questions for class discussion
- What are some areas of your life where God’s grace is obvious?
- Is there evidence that you have been adopted by the Father?
- If we become adopted children of God, will we naturally want to please Him more, or will we want to continue in sin?
- Is it true that we grow in righteousness as a result of our relationship with God?
- Is righteousness evidence of that relationship?
- Do you find yourself striving to be more like Christ?
- If so, is this evidence of you adoption in Christ?
- If not, how can you be sure that you have been adopted by the Father?
- Can we live with confidence?
- When we mess up, we must remember that sin has no power over us. We ask for God’s forgiveness and we move on in the power of God’s grace. We should not allow small sins to keep us down because Christ overcame those for us!
- Is it wrong for us to struggle with sin?
- It is wrong for us to grow complacent in our sin.