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Preparing for the Sermon - Romans 6:8-11


Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • This Resurrection Sunday we will focus on Paul's letter to the Romans, specifically Romans 6:8-12 (We will look at Romans 6:1-7 during our Good Friday gathering).
  • Read Romans 5-6 to gain a good context of the passage this Sunday.  Reread Romans 6:8-12 several times and prayerfully ask for wisdom and clarity.
  • Reflecting on chapters 5 and 6, look at the sinful, fallen state of man contrasted with the wonderous free gift of God in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is not only the reverse of Adam's transgression, nor the reverse of the curse and all of our sin, nor is it just the payment of our sin, nor is it just the justification of believers, but it brings an abundance of grace and righteousness that we might live with God. 
  • Reading Romans 6:8, how do we die and live with Christ? 
  • What is the statement Paul is making in verses 9-10 in regards to death and life for Christ?  
  • Based on verse 8, the "so what" comes in verse 11.  If Jesus died to sin, how does that impact us in our sin?  
  • The "so what" in verse 11 gives rise to a command from Paul to the Romans in verse 12. What is this command?  
  • The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper.  Please review this week's notes to help study this passage.  Click here for the notes. 

Prayerfully Meditate

  • Reflecting on this passage for this Resurrection Sunday, how should we reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ impacting our sinful condition?  How are we seen before God? 
  • Meditate on if the command in verse 12 applies to us today? Do the truths in verses 8-11 apply to us today? Why should or should not this command to "kill sin" apply to us today?
  • Prayerfully reflect on the great power that we have being raised with Christ, being dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
  • In light of the recent sermons dealing with sin and sexual immorality in 1 Corinthians and the recent sermon on Hebrews 12:1-3 in running with endurance, how can all of this drive us to kill sin, endure trials and tribulations and pursue holiness and purity?
  • Prayerfully consider your individual sins and the effort you put forth to "let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body".  Does this compare to the effort God has put forth in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
  • How can we as a local body of Christ pursue holiness and kill sin?  What power do we have to kill sin?  What authority do we have to pursue holiness?