Lesson 6 (11-7-18)

Session 6
Q. Wanted: dead and alive?
A. Yes! Because of my union with Christ, I should consider myself dead to sin and alive to Christ, presenting every part of my being to him as an instrument of righteousness.

Chapter 6 of Romans makes a lot of the same points as another chapter of Paul’s, Colossians 3. Check them out below.

Read Colossians 3:1–4 and Romans 6:1–7.
What similarities do you see in these two passages?

Why should we set our hearts and minds on “things above”?

Read Colossians 3:5–10 (Romans 6:11–13).
What kinds of behaviors belong to our old self?

What does Colossians 3:5 tell us to do with these sins?

Read Colossians 3:12–14 (Romans 6:13–14).
If you’re a Christian, you are God’s chosen one. As God’s chosen one, you are to put on the new self, which is being renewed in God’s image as you grow in knowing him. Which of these attitudes or behaviors do you need “to put on” by God’s grace?

Read Colossians 3:15–17 (Romans 6:22–23).
Paul says in Romans that as God’s slaves we have been set free from sin and we enjoy the benefit of being sanctified, being set apart day by day to grow to be more like Christ. What does Colossians 3 tell believers about living in a way that pleases God?

Wrap it up in prayer
• Are there sins I need to confess and repent of—hate and forsake?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to point out areas in which I need to stop offering members of my body to sin and instead offer them to Christ as instruments of righteousness.
• Ask Christ for strength to resist temptation and yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Meditate on 1 Corinthians 10:13 when tempted to sin.)