MESSAGE NOTES Week 1 - Jesus lives that you may live
"The story of Jesus is a story of celebration and love. Jesus embodies the promise of a God who will go to any length to win us back" - Philip Yancey
Romans 6:9-149 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace...." (Romans 6:9-14, ESV)
The Position of Christ and how it relates to us!
"We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again..."
"I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades." (Revelation 1:18, ESV)
10 For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God.
The Rejecting of sin by God's grace!
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.....
14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace...."
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no lack! 10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." (Psalm 34:8-12, ESV)"
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." (Psalm 139:23-24, ESV)
LIFEGROUP NOTES Week 1 - Jesus lives that you may live
This past Sunday, Pastor David delivered a message Romans in our new series, “Putting It All Together”. The sermon, from Rom. 6:9-13, was about Jesus living to give us life. What an interesting concept and one that is often misunderstood. It wasn’t just that Jesus died for his sheep, but also that He lived for them. In today’s study, we will look at another passage that illustrates the beauty of the sacrifice present in the Gospel and how we truly can ‘put sin to death’, Col. 2.9-15. We have mentioned the topic or ‘Substitutionary Atonement’ previously in studies, but we have not actually studied it for quite some time. That will change today!
As a group, discuss the term, “Substitute”. Do we usually think of a “Substitute” as a positive or a negative thing?
Ask the group for any examples in their lives where they have had to use a substitute for something. Maybe it was a tool for a job or an ingredient for a recipe. How did the substitute work? How did the project turn out?
As a group, read Col. 2.9-15.
Count the times that this passage uses the personal pronoun “Him”. Who is “Him” referring to?
What are some of the things that this passage says we have “in Him”?
What makes all of the occurrences of “in Him” so beautiful?
How does v13 identify our condition without CHRIST?
What power does a dead man have over his condition? What can a dead man do to heal himself?
Look at v13-15. Where do you see the concept of a “Substitute” in these verses?
Revisit the intro question where you were asked to discuss the term “Substitute”. We discussed whether the concept of a “substitute” was positive or negative and how it was typically viewed as a “second choice” that would suffice, but that wasn’t as good as the original. How has CHRIST’s model of substitution changed your perspective?
There is a difference between earning something and having something given to you. Refer back to v14. We cannot earn or work our way toward having this debt paid off. But having this debt paid off should promote gratitude and certain behaviors within us. We cannot work our way to salvation, but salvation should inspire works within us. Discuss how, both as a life group and individually, you can live your life worthy (Eph.4.1) of this calling.