When you decide to obey your parents, why do you do that when you know that they will always love you?
In this chapter, Paul is trying to address the question of why we should no longer sin. Before this chapter, he was emphasizing that because of Christ we are counted righteous. A natural question to ask after understanding this is, "why then should we not sin?"
Righteousness (recap of Romans 5)
What is popularity?
State of being loved and accepted, envied
Friends screen name
Why do people care so much about it?
Inner desire to feel loved and accepted
Why do you think people give into peer pressure?
Would you say that you struggle with it? In what way?
I would argue that everyone struggles with it to some degree. As children, we want to be famous. We see that it's impossible. When we get into middle school, we want to be popular. We see that it's impossible. When we get into high school, we want to be accepted by all our friends. We see that it's impossible. When we get older, we want to be accepted by ourselves. We end there. But as we grow older, we see that none of these solutions work. We're always left to feeling anxious, mad, and unworthy. Praise God when you reach that point. Because it is in those dark times that you begin to see why Christ is so beautiful. Christ is the only answer that does the problem.
How does the gospel relate to popularity?
In Christ we are fully loved and accepted by God. The person with the opinion that matters the most. We no longer have to feel anxious, mad, or unworthy. Because of Christ, our inner desire to feel loved and accepted has been met. We are now free from trying to find acceptance from others and we can then love them with a love that is truly unconditional.
Dead to sin, no longer slaves to sin -> Alive to God, slaves to righteousness
How often do you procrastinate?
Why do you procrastinate?
When does procrastination begin to dishonor God?
What does the gospel have to say about procrastination?
Reflect: What are some sins in your life that you commit over and over again? What does the gospel say about that sin?
You are dead to it. You are no longer a slave to it. So you can stop because of Christ. You have a new master.
Reflect: Are you a slave to a certain sin? Are you a slave to someone or someones? What does the gospel have to say about your slavery?
In Christ, you can be free.
But, why do we still struggle with sin?
Because we forget the gospel. We forget who are master is.
Slave bowing down to his old master.
Husband who forgets to put the toilet seat down
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What is the scariest part about death?
Separation from God
Anna from Frozen
Reflect: How do you feel about the security of your friendships? How do you feel about the security of your future?
Reflect: Are you anxious, joyless, or hopeless? Do you think it might be because you are chasing something that ultimately will not satisfy you?