How faith in Christ creates a countercultural shift in our lives.
Discussion Guide for Romans 6:1-14
Culture- A way of life for a group of people. Culture includes the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.William Vanderbloemen
Culture has often been described as the most powerful force in the world. History has often proven that no amount of force, laws, money, or any of the other traditional metrics of power can fully change culture.
Food for Thought: What are some cultural values that your community holds that could not be changed even if someone offered everyone a million dollars to change them?
Life in Christ can accurately be described as a radical culture change. Some people describe the church as a countercultural movement. What man’s power finds impossible to do, the Gospel can put into effect through actually changing people’s lives.
Romans 6 describes the sort of countercultural shift that takes place when people find life in Jesus Christ.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
The three keys from Austin’s sermon to rising up out of the culture of our world are as follows:
- Stop settling for death when you are called to be alive. (Romans 6:1-5)
- Stop viewing yourself as a slave when you are a favored child of God. (Romans 6:6-11)
- Stop laboring in shame when you have the glory as your destiny. (Romans 6:12-14)
- What elements of our society’s culture create the most obstacles to living a victorious Christian life?
- What elements in our culture (values held even by people who are not Christians) do you think have been affected by the Gospel in a positive way?
- How is Christianity “countercultural?”
- Why does death (sin) still have a powerful pull on Christians? (v. 1-2)
- How do you put death to death? (v.3-7)
- Describe the difference you feel when you are living in a mindset of death versus when you live with a mindset of Christ.
- What is the practical effect of Christ’s death in putting sin to death? (v. 8-11)
- Are there any steps you can take this week to “die to sin?”
- When have you had a time of reckoning yourself dead to sin following your conversion to Christ? (v. 11)
- How does the devil use shame as an instrument of defeat? (v. 12-14)
- How can you practically give the grace of Jesus dominion over your life?