Lesson Overview: Romans 6:1-23

This is lesson 1 of 7 in Life – Giving Justification.

  • Main Point of the Passage: Paul urged Christians to reject sin because of the Gospel.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: The Gospel is the reason Christians must reject sin.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will refuse to excuse sin in their lives.
  • Key Verse: Romans 6:4, “Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.”
  • Word Studies: Baptism in Romans 6:4 and Slaves in Romans 6:16


Leader Preparation

To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.

Discussion Questions

Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.

Smile Question: If you were a major league baseball player, what song would you play as you walked to the plate to bat?

Share Question: In the passage we’re studying today, Paul gave two excuses Christians might give to justify living in sin. They are:

  1. Where sin increases , grace increases all the more (Romans 5:21-6:1) and
  2. We’re not under law, but under grace (Romans 6:15).

Can you think of a time you’ve heard yourself or someone else use a form of these excuses?

Introduce the Passage: Christians must reject a life of sin because of the Gospel. That’s what Paul urged Christians to do in Romans 6:1-23. The Gospel is Jesus’ message of forgiveness and eternal life. In this passage Paul responds to the excuses Christians might make by helping them better understand the Gospel they have believed.

  • Optional:Have a member of your group either recite the passage from memory or give a detailed summary of the passage from memory.
  • Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s): Baptism in Romans 6:4 and Slaves in Romans 6:16

Study Question: As we read this chapter, let’s look for reasons Christians must reject a life of sin.

  • We died to sin (v. 2-3)

  • We have been raised to walk in a new life (v. 4)

  • Our death with Christ abolished sin’s power over our bodies (v. 6)

  • We are not under law, but under grace (v. 14)
  • Sin leads to death (v. 16)
  • To offer ourselves to sin is to return to our former slavery to sin (v. 16)
  • We have been liberated from sin and have become slaves to righteousness (v. 18)
  • Offering ourselves to righteousness results in sanctification (v. 19)
  • We are ashamed of our former sins (v. 21)

Connect-the-Dots Question: Verse 16 says, “For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace.” Why do you think being under law results in sin ruling over a person?

Count-the-Cost Question: Which of the reasons we found in this passage speak most directly to you?

Let’s-Do-It Question: How do you think this passage could affect your own battle against sin?

Prayer: Father, thank you for giving us victory over sin and death. Teach us to live in that victory daily. Amen.



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