Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015

Read:  Romans 7:1-6, Luke 13:10-17, Matthew 23:27-28, Ephesians 4:1-3

Why was Jesus confronted for healing a woman? How does this demonstrate the dangers of legalism?

What does Jesus reveal about the Pharisees? How was legalism a breeding ground for their sin?

In what way does humility prevent this from taking place? Give an example. What is God teaching you?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

Read:  Romans 7:1-6, Luke 18:18-30

Explain Romans 7:5 and how sin is “aroused” by the law. How did the rich “ruler” demonstrate this truth?

How was the ruler self-deceived by legalism? (Hint: internal vs. external) What was the result?

What does this imply about the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus? How does this take place?

Monday, August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015

Read:  Romans 6:15-22, 7:1-6, Galatians 5:22-25

Explain the distinction made between legalism and godly obedience. How does the Holy Spirit relate?

In what way can legalism slip into a walk with Jesus? Why is this important to monitor? What is at risk?

What is God revealing to you about your legalistic tendencies? How will you protect yourself?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 29, 2015

Read:  Romans 6:20-23, Matthew 5:29-30, 1 Peter 1:14-16, 2:16

Explain the timing dynamic that occurs between giving into sin or obeying God. Which is easier?

How does Romans 6:23 highlight a long-term perspective for resisting sin? Why is this important?

How does God want you to change your short-term/long-term perspective? Be specific.

Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

Read:  Romans 6:20-23, Genesis 3:1-6, Matthew 4:1-11

What similar approach did Satan use when tempting Adam, Eve, and Jesus? What was the deception?

In what way does sin actually appeal to “godly desires”? Why is this critical to recognize?

What sins are tempting to you? What godly desire are you trying to fulfill? How can you redirect to God?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015

Read:  Romans 6:20-23, Luke 15:11-24, 1 Corinthians 11:27-31, Galatians 5:19-23

What does the “wages of sin” mean? How did this play out in the decision making of the prodigal son?

Why is this important to always remember? How have you seen this play out in your life? Be specific.

What areas of your life are currently at risk? What steps will you take to protect yourself?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 26, 2015

Read:  Romans 6:15-19, John 15:4-11, James 2:17-22

Explain the difference between being saved by grace (justification) and obedience in faith (sanctification).

How can this get confused or become sinful? Give examples. How can a Christian “presume” God’s grace?

In what way does this challenge your obedience to God? What priority adjustment do you need to make?