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New Rochelle United Methodist Church

Bible Study Will Begin again Beginning the Second Week in September

New Rochelle United Methodist Church
Bible Study for Week beginning June 25th, 2017

1. Begin with Prayer.
2. Read Romans 6:12-23. “Two cultural constants in the lives of church members in Rome were slaves, and the presence of the     military”[1] How might this imagery challenged them in light of the scripture?
3. What are we slaves to in the 21st century?
4. What are two images that are present for us as a society today? How this imagery impact how we view scripture?
5. “In 5:14 sin is described as a power that dominated human spiritual life during the period of Adam and Moses.”[2] Do you currently view sin as something that has a grip on society? Explain.
6. What does it mean to be a, “slave to righteousness?” Is this possible?

Righteous definition- the quality of being morally right or justifiable:[3]

7. Read Galatians 5:16-26. Some theologians believe the spirit is always, “in conflict with the body.” Do you agree with this?
8. Paul views the rejection of sin as validity of the resurrection. Do you agree?
9. What are the consequences of sin?
10. Read Matthew 10:40-42
11. If Imitatio Christi is the imitation of Christ, how is what we do both on Sunday’s and other days helping us to live and act as Christ?
12. Is there an area in your life where Imitatio Christi could be better?
13. How might we continue to work toward reconciliation

What the UMC says about Justifying Grace:
“Justifying Grace
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth: “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). And in his letter to the Roman Christians, Paul wrote: “But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
These verses demonstrate the justifying grace of God. They point to reconciliation, pardon, and restoration. Through the work of God in Christ our sins are forgiven, and our relationship with God is restored. According to John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, the image of God — which has been distorted by sin — is renewed within us through Christ’s death.
Again, this dimension of God’s grace is a gift. God’s grace alone brings us into relationship with God. There are no hoops through which we have to jump in order to please God and to be loved by God. God has acted in Jesus Christ. We need only to respond in faith.”[4]

[1] Feasting on the Word, Year A Volume 3 p. 183.
[2] Feasting 185.
[3] Oxforddictionary.com
[4] Excerpted from Teachers as Spiritual Leaders and Theologians. Used by permission.