Everyday Theology Sermon Series
Throughout the Everyday Theology sermon series, we will explore foundational principles of the Christian faith in chapters 5-8 of the book of Romans. Rather than giving us only knowledge about God and His plan for restoring our relationship with Him through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we will learn from Paul what it means to have more of God Himself and the life Jesus died to give us — right now and for eternity.
Each week, the study guide will start with a warm-up question designed to help your group focus on the primary Scripture passage and its theological implications. Your group will then watch a brief video teaching from one of the Cornerstone pastors, complementing the corresponding sermon for the week. Next, we’ll jump into the meaning and impact of Paul’s major points. We’ll wrap up the discussion with questions that explore how the passage applies to us today as followers of Jesus in a modern and chaotic world. For more info and ideas on leading your group, visit our sermon series resource page.
Please also encourage your group members to check out Daily Steps, Cornerstone's companion devotional guide for individual reflection, prayer, and meditation on related Scripture selections throughout the week!
The sixth chapter of Romans is rich in imagery to help us fully understand the difference between living in slavery to our sinful nature or living in righteousness as servants of God.
Take a moment to think about a time in the past when you felt as though you couldn’t resist doing something, even if you didn’t want to do it. It may not be something necessarily wrong or sinful, but it was something that you felt drawn toward more than you wanted to. It could be a habit you wanted to break but felt powerless to do so, a particular type of food or drink you couldn’t seem to resist, or even a TV show that gripped you so strongly that you couldn’t stop binge-watching until you finished the series.
- Share with the group what it was like for you to feel as though you didn’t have the choice or the power to change your behavior about something or a situation. What helped you finally find release from it or helped you make a change? What did you learn about yourself in the process that helped you later on?
Watch this week’s video teaching from Matt Warner, Cornerstone’s Danville Campus Pastor.
In the video you just watched, Pastor Matt said that Paul, the author of Romans, tackles the big question of why Christians should not continue to sin once we’ve been declared righteous by God because of our faith in Christ. Paul felt especially compelled to address this question thoroughly because there was a group of highly influential Jewish religious leaders who were trying to discredit him and other believers by saying that Christians were using the sacrifice of Jesus as an excuse to keep enjoying whatever sins they wanted. Their rumors and accusations were rippling throughout the congregations of the early church, causing some followers of Jesus who were weak in the faith to believe that perhaps the Jewish leaders were correct.
Read Romans 6:1-14 in at least two different translations of the Bible.
In the video, Matt asked this question: If God’s grace flows freely then why don’t we just enjoy a few sinful things along the way? Take a few moments to go around your group so that everyone can give the answer to that question in their own words.
What reasons does Paul provide as to why we should resist habitual sin and why we are empowered to do so? (Leader tip: You may want to review each of the verses in this passage and make a list of Paul’s reasons.)
When you think about the death and resurrection of Jesus as compared to the process of being baptized with water, what similarities do you see between the two?
What are some examples of how our bodies, or our minds can become instruments of unrighteousness or evil?
Compare verses 12-14 with 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. What similarities do you notice when comparing these two passages? How do they complement each other?
What are some ways you could benefit from having an accountability partner? What are some things you could do for someone else as an accountability partner?
Pastor Matt said that we can tell sin, “You are not the boss of me any longer!” But he went on to explain that resisting temptation’s hold on us is far from easy to do. As a group, choose and read three to four of these Scripture passages about temptation and sin. For each one you read, take a few minutes to go around the room and share how each one encourages you or offers you practical ideas for combatting temptation and sin.
Read Romans 6:15-23 together. In his sermon message this week, Pastor Steve Madsen said, “Whenever temptation presents itself, we must decide again to take Paul’s advice and present our entire body to God as instruments of righteousness.” Pastor Steve then suggested that we ask God to help use our hearts, minds, and bodies as instruments of righteousness. Using Pastor Madsen’s prayer outline below, give each of your group members the opportunity to pray one, two, or all of these lines below as they feel comfortable doing so. Once everyone has had an opportunity to pray, then close out your time together praying for each other.
“Lord, I have _____ in mind. I present ______ to you today as an instrument of righteousness.”
“Lord, I have these hands, I have these feet. I present them to you today as instruments of righteousness.”
“Everything I do, everything I say, everything I think about today will reflect how I am choosing righteousness.”
“Believing your Word that says I am no longer a slave to sin. I am depending upon your strength to make no provision for sin.”
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Daily Steps is a weekly devotional message designed as a companion to this sermon study guide. You will be guided as you spend time with God through personal reflection, Scripture readings, and prayer prompts.
DAILY STEPS - EVERYDAY THEOLOGY - ROMANS 6
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