Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached this past Sunday at The Park. I encourage you to begin your group with a time of greeting and introductions. You may choose to reorder the questions below or to write your own. Work hard to facilitate discussion and avoid allowing yourself or another member to speak the entire hour. Ultimately we trust you with leading your group.
Martin Luther says of Roman’s, “This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament, It is the purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul.” What’s your relationship to Romans? Do you read it often? Do you memorize it? Why or why not?
- What are some observations you had from this chapter? Were there any new insights you learned about the passage from the sermon?
- What theology was present in this chapter?
- What did you learn about God from reading this chapter?
- Read Romans 6:5. The word “united” used there is the Greek word “sumphutos” (Strongs #4854). The Nelson’s Illustrated commentary says this about that phrase, “the expression which occurs only here in the New Testament means to ‘grow in union’ or ‘to plant in union’.” The phrase carries the idea of our death and subsequent life as an on-going process. How does this truth impact your view of the Christian life?
- Chapter 5 deals mostly with the past. What is the tense of chapter 6? Specifically, verses 6:11-14 describe our relationship to sin. What does this mean in your life?
- Come up with a group definition for justification and sanctification. How do they relate to each other as a part of salvation?
- Would you represent parts of chapter 6:19-23 as a mathematical equation? If yes, how so?
- Application challenge: Identify one person in your life you can share the good news of Jesus Christ with. Memorize verse 23 as a part of this challenge.