If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here.
Read through the passage and pray asking the Lord to open it up to you.
- Why does Paul ask his question in verse 15?
- What images come to mind when we think of slavery? Compare this to what you know of slavery in the first century A.D.
- Look through the passages again and pick out the various contrasts between being a slave to sin and a slave to God. Talk through each one.
- In which ways can and should we apply this passage to out lives?
This study is based on the Sermon from Sunday June 2nd
- Discuss as a group what thoughts people have about life and death.
- Why does Adam get the blame, when it was obviously Eve who took the first bite of the fruit?
- In the sermon we looked at both the doctrine of original sin and the doctrine of representation. These can be quite deep things but equally the concept is simple. As a group talk through and confusion that there might be and why they are both important.
- Look at and discuss the contrasts Paul makes between Adam and Christ.
- How ought we apply this passage to our lives in 21st century Britain?
Note to leaders: As with all studies, please don’t feel you must cover all questions, fine if you can, but rather take a few of the questions and do them justice that rush through 🙂
If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here: The King from eternity
- Verse 1 seems at complete odds with the rest of the chapter, what is Micah pointing to (cf. 2 Kings 25?);
- Bethlehem was a tiny hamlet, what else do we know about Bethlehem from the bible? Also, why would God chose Bethlehem and not Jerusalem?
- At the end of verse 2, consider what it means: ‘whose origins are in the distant past’. How should this impact a) our understanding of who Jesus is, b) our view of creation, c) our reading of the Old Testament?
- Discuss verses 3-9, what are these verses pointing to?
- Verses 10 to 14 at first glance look like more judgement, but are they? – if not what are they about – if so how does it fit with the rest of the passage?
- Who is the last verse addressing and at which time?