ROMANS 7: 14-15, 18B, 21-25

THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – FEBRUARY 16, 2005

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For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
18b

I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.

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So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
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Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Background Writer: Paul, as a letter to friends in Rome, not to a specific church, but to an emerging Christian community. He wrote the letter from Corinth. He was laying the groundwork for what he hoped would be a future visit (he had never been there). As it turned out, he did come to Rome two years later – in chains. About 56-57 AD.

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What’s Going On: In Rome, there were more Gentile believers than converted Jews. Paul focuses the book mostly around the concept of “salvation”: what it is, how to get it, and what role the Holy Spirit plays in it. Believers are led by the Spirit, are aided by the Spirit in prayer, and are the first fruits of the Spirit. This section of Romans focuses on the struggle of believers and the necessity for Christians to examine their brokenness and turn to the saving power of Christ. “Members” refers to parts of the body.

St. Matthews Emmaus Groups Facilitator’s Biblical Equipping: Jan-April 2005

ROMANS 7: 14-15, 18B, 21-25
THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – FEBRUARY 16, 2005

SUGGESTED CHECK-IN: HOW HAS LENT BEEN GOING FOR YOU SO FAR – IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE (NOT HOW HAS YOUR WEEK BEEN GOING, BUT HOW HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BEEN GOING)? Explore:

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What does “of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin” mean? How does Paul distinguish between the mind (or inmost self) and the body? How would you relate this passage to the Lenten struggle of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert? How do we (as men) react to temptation versus Jesus’ (as a man) reaction?

Connect

1. 2. 3.

How does this passage describe your struggle? What does the concept of “brokenness” mean to you? What hope does Christ’s example and crucifixion offer you?

Prepare Everyone writes down how they plan to apply the concepts discussed here to their daily life in the ensuing week. We will discuss how that went during Check In next week. ALSO, BE SURE TO FACILITATE SPIRITUAL COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR GROUPS BETWEEN MEETINGS!