Led by the Spirit (Romans 8:1-14)

Romans 8:5-9

Theme: Once we receive salvation for our sins, we learn to act like Christ.
 
Memory Verse: Romans 8:5
 

Discussion Points:

  • Sin causes us to have evil thoughts and actions.
  • We must learn to control our thoughts and actions.
  • Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can serve God.
  • We learn how to serve God by praying and reading our Bible.
  • Go around the table and ask each child to pray. If they do not want to that is okay.


The Word of God: Knowledge, Exhortation, Correction (Romans 7:7-13)

Romans 7:7-13

Theme: God gives us His Word so that we can know the dangers of sin and His power over sin.
 
Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16
 

Discussion Points:

  • Without God’s Word, we wouldn’t know right from wrong.
  • What would a world without laws look like?
  • What would a home without rules look like?
  • Without God revealing to us His rules, we wouldn’t know what was harmful to us.
  • God gives me the strength to learn and obey His laws.

 



United with Christ (Romans 7:1-6)

Romans 7:1-6
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 7:1-6 together.

     

  • Why does Paul give the example of marriage in this passage?
  • What is the point Paul has been making in the first part of Romans? (sin is ugly, sin separates us from God, we are all guilty, we must be righteous to be before God, we are not saved on our actions, salvation comes through faith in Christ alone)
  • What are the results of salvation in Christ?
  • Read Galatians 5:16-24.
  • Discuss how the fruits of the spirit are manifested in a believer’s life in a way they are not in a nonbeliever.
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.


Free Indeed (Romans 6:12-23)

Romans 6:12-23

Theme: Jesus died for me so I could live with Him.
 
Memory Verse: Romans 6:23
 

Discussion Points:

  • Jesus died to pay the price for my sin and set me free so that I don’t have to sin.
  • When Christians are tempted to do something wrong, they can ask God to use their body for His glory instead.
  • Christians obey Jesus because they are thankful for what He has done.
  • Christians choose to serve God with their lives by letting Him live through them.
  • God’s Spirit produces good fruit in His people. (Read Galatians 5:22-24)
  • As Christians, we know we will have eternal life with Jesus because he has promised.


Free Indeed (Romans 6:12-23)

Romans 6:12-23
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 6:12-14 together.

     

  • What are some ways that we “present our members to sin” vs. some of the ways we present our “members to God as instruments of righteousness”?
  • What does it mean that we are “not under the law but under grace”?
  • If we are free to not sin, how do we handle temptation?
  • Read verses 15-19.
  • What other passages of scripture come to mind?
  • Looking at verses 17 and 21, should we remember that from which we have been saved? Why or why not?
  • What does it mean to be obedient from the heart compared to being governed by the law?
  • Read verses 20-23.
  • What is the difference in justification and sanctification?
  • Discuss this sentence: “Salvation is free, but it will cost you everything.”
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another.


The Mortification of Sin (Romans 6:1-7)

Romans 6:1-7

Theme: We follow Christ and have forgiveness for our sins.
 
Memory Verse: Romans 3:23
 

Discussion Points:

  • Everyone sins and there are consequences for sin.
  • What makes a Christian different whenever they do something wrong?
  • Christians try to right wrongs when they are aware of them.
  • Christians own their mistakes and do not blame others.
  • Christians should seek out forgiveness even when it is not deserved.
  • As Christians we seek God’s approval over the approval of others.


The Mortification of Sin (Romans 6:1-7)

Romans 6:1-7
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 6:1-7 together.

     

  • What does it mean that all believers have died to sin?
  • The takeaway from Romans 6 is that all of those that are believers must die to sin.
  • Read 1 John 3:4-10. What does this say about “believers” that continue to sin?
  • Is this passage saying that a true believer will no longer sin? Why or why not?
  • Who is 1 John written to? (see 1 John 1)
  • Read 1 John 1:5-10.
  • Discuss the narrative of Romans 6, 1 John 3, and 1 John 1 together. What role does sin play in the believer’s life?
  • What is the difference between a believer that sins and a non-believer that sins?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another.


Sin and Justification (Romans 5:10-21)

Romans 5:10-21

Theme: The grace of God through Christ exceeds our condemnation for sin.
 
Memory Verse: 1 John 4:4
 

Discussion Points:

  • What are the consequences of sin?
  • In Christ, we have forgiveness of sin.
  • The forgiveness we receive from Christ exceeds the guilt of our sin.
  • We are forgiven and made right with God in Christ.

 



Sin and Justification (Romans 5:10-21)

Romans 5:10-21
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 5:10-21 together.
  • What is the comparison being drawn between Adam and Christ?
  • Why did God make the comparison between Adam and Christ?
  • How are Adam and Christ alike?
  • How are Adam and Christ different?
  • Read Ephesians 1:3-6; Romans 8:20-21; and Romans 9:22-23. Romans 5 discusses much more grace that comes through Christ than condemnation through Adam. Reading these other passages, would you conclude God’s ultimate purpose is Christ is His grace rather than His judgement? Discuss the implications of this statement.
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another.


Peace in Christ (Romans 5:1-9)

Romans 5:1-9
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 5:1-9 together.
  • The mantra of society today is we want to be happy . ‘I’m not happy with my job.’ ‘I’m not happy with my house/car/etc.’ ‘I’m not happy with  my spouse.’ What is the different between joy and happiness?
  • Define grace in your own words.
  • Define mercy in your own words. How do these differ? How do they complement each other?
  • How do we typically view suffering?
  • We talked about four reasons for suffering: moral/spiritual refinement, intimacy with Christ, mission of Christ, and the purpose of glory. What is your reaction to the importance of suffering?
  • Read Romans 5:3-4 again. There are three different afflictions mentioned: perseverance, proven character, and hope. Discuss each one in the context of suffering.
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another.