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Word One Bible Study: Lent 1 Epistle

Text: Romans 5:12-19 for the first Sunday in Lent, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of the Word One Bible Study for Lent 1 Epistle.

Objective
Participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of how they are made righteous through Christs one sacrifice.

Materials Needed
Bibles
Newsprint
Markers
Singing Saints Songbook

Group Guidelines
Divide into small groups of 5-6 people. Provide one sheet of newsprint and a marker for each group. The youngest person in each group will serve as leader; it will be his/her responsibility to keep the group moving through each exercise, making sure that each member of the group has an opportunity to participate in the discussion.

Building Community
1.Take a few moments to think about how you would complete one of the following statements:
a.One person who has really influenced me is...
b.The nicest thing anyone ever did for me was...
c.An experience which greatly affected my life was...
2.Share your answer with your group. Tell why you answered as you did; be specific.

Looking at God's Word
The leader may ask for volunteers to read the Bible passages given for each section below.
1.Read Romans 5:12-19.
a.What are some of the recurring themes in this passage?
b.What similarities between Christ and Adam do you see here? What differences?
2.Genesis 3 relates the story of the fall into sin. Read Genesis 3:15-19.
a.What are some of the specific consequences of sin mentioned? To whom do they apply?
b.To whom is God speaking in verse 15? Why is this passage referred to as the first gospel?
3.Turn to Leviticus 4 and read verses 3, 13-14, 22-23, and 27-28.
a.How often were the sin offerings given? For whom?
b.How does the sacrifice mentioned in Hebrews 10:8-10 compare with the sin offerings?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
1.How would you answer someone who made the following statements?
a.Jesus death was a long time ago; it doesn't have much meaning in today's world.
b.Sure, I believe Jesus died for me, but Ill still have to pay for my sins when I die.
c.If Jesus hadn't gone around making the religious leaders angry, He probably would've lived to a ripe old age.
d.Why would Jesus die for me? He doesn't even know me.
2.Think back to the Bible passages you read earlier and answer the following: One thing I discovered about:
a.my own nature is...
b.Christs sacrifice for me is...
3.Choose a volunteer to record the groups answers to the previous question. Print the title DISCOVERIES across the top of your sheet of newsprint; make two columns on the sheet labeled A and B and list your groups responses in the appropriate column.
4.Reassemble; allow a few moments for each group to share some of their answers to the newsprint questions.

Closing
Close with a prayer praising Jesus for the sacrifice He made for us. Sing "Yes! from the Singing Saints Songbook.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in March 2014 for thESource



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