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Small Group Lesson


Before the lesson
Q: How has God worked through you since last small group? Please share experiences of repenting and turning back towards God, if any.

Please share within 5 minutes. More details can be shared during the time of fellowship at the end of the lesson.


GOD’S WORD

Slaves of Sin or Slaves of God

On June 10th, during church we looked at Romans 6:15-23. The big topic of discussion in this passage is if we will be slaves of sin or slaves of God. Romans 6:16:

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Q: What do you think “slaves...of sin, which leads to death” and “slaves...of obedience, which leads to righteousness” mean? Please discuss together.


To Become Slaves of God

Jesus came to free us from being slaves of sin. You are freed from slavery to sin by following Jesus. John 8:31-32:

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Q: Concretely, what does it mean for you to follow Jesus in your day to day life?


We have been freed from slavery to sin, and though we are free, we are slaves of God. Romans 6:22:

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

Q: What do you think “become slaves of God” means? What do you think “the fruit [which] leads to sanctification” and “eternal life” are? Discuss in groups.


Make Sin Your Master or Make God Your Master

The sermon June 10th touched on five typical masters:

  • Busyness
  • Sexual impurity
  • Bitterness
  • Money
  • Fear of people

Q: Of these five, which is your “master”, something which is bigger to you than God?

Q: When we make sin our master, what kind of effect does our sinfulness have on the people around us (family, friends, coworkers, etc.)? Try to imagine this effect.

Q: What kind of expression do you think God makes when he sees us having made sin our master?

Q: How are we able to help each other as a group to make God our master?


GOD’S MISSION

Persecution (#1)


Read 2 Timothy 3:10-12. "[10] You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, [11] my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. [12] Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…."

Anyone who lives obediently to the mission Christ has given us will at some point, in some way, be persecuted for his or her faith. It is possible to keep our faith hidden and secret and so avoid such opposition. But that is not the “godly life in Christ” we are called to. Though many people will rejoice upon hearing the good news, many others will hate the message and the messengers. It is impossible to disassociate ourselves, the gospel messengers, from the offensive gospel message itself. We should rejoice when we are persecuted because many Christians, including Paul, the prophets, and Jesus himself were persecuted.

Matthew 5:11-12.  "[11] Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. [12] Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’"

When you are opposed for your faith in Jesus, rejoice because it is evidence that you are living the bold, evangelistic lifestyle of a disciple.  


Encourage One Another:

What opportunities has God provided to lead others closer toward knowing Christ? 

How have you seen God working in the lives of those you want to lead to Christ? 

Pray for One Another:
Share at least one name of someone you want to win to Christ. If you know, share your next action step in leading them closer to knowing Christ (for example: invite them to church, take them out to dinner and share your testimony, study First Steps together, give them a Bible or Christian resources, etc.). 

Commit to praying for one another every day: (1) For boldness and wisdom, (2) for opportunities, (3) for other’s open hearts.

Other Prayer Requests:

How can we pray for you? 

Pray together about God’s Mission and other requests and thanksgivings.