Who’s Your Master Follow-Up Questions
My Hope: Freedom in Christ
FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS • PART 2 of 6• ROMANS 6:15-23
Day 1. Rex ended last week and began this week with the story of the dog who would only fetch for his owner. Who are you fetching for? What evidence beyond church attendance do you have to back this up?
Day 2. In 6:15 Paul says, “Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace,” which is almost an exact repetition of what he said in 6:1. Why do you think he repeats himself? What about his statements are identical? What is different? How would you, in your own words, answer the question, “Does grace encourage sin?” (John Stott’s The Message of Romans, page 182) Then why do we still sin?
Day 3. One of our culture’s central values is personal freedom, with the mantra, “It’s ok as long as I’m not hurting anyone.” This seems to be a stark contrast to Paul’s emphasis on obedience and slavery. Where in your life do you see yourself being obedient? Where do you see yourself adhering to the mantra of freedom?
Day 4. How does Paul’s picture of slavery help us to understand life before and after someone becomes a Christian? Do you ever think of yourself as a slave? Think about your daily routine, and identify at least three specific ways in which you’ve seen the slave principle play out. Are there any ways the analogy is unhelpful? Why do you think Paul uses it? (Stott, 183-185)
Day 5. In verses 17-18 Paul encourages his audience by noting their progression of being: 1) Slaves to sin, 2) Obedient to the truth, 3) Set free from from sin, and 4) Slaves to righteousness. Do these signposts serve to mark your own journey of faith? What time periods or events from your life’s timeline would you identify with each of these categories? (Stott, 184)
Day 6. Paul draws some strong contrasts between slavery to sin and slavery to righteousness in verse 23. What are these contrasts? How do you know this is true? A wonderful exercise at this point might be to spend time in prayer, considering the significance of this short little contrast, and how much it impacts each of our destinies. (Stott,186)
Day 7. Sin usually looks pretty exciting, and righteousness can look pretty boring. But Paul looks at the big picture when he asks, “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of?” What have you reaped from past actions? What changes could you make to your life right now to prevent yourself from saying this again in the future?
this week’s memory verse
”For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”