2007 Calvary Impact's
Week One Bible Study
Welcome to this year's
This week our study will be on the basic decision to surrender one's life to Christ. Most people doing this study will have already made this basic, foundational commitment to God. If this is the case, please reach deep within yourself with the Spirit as you examine and renew your commitment to God. If you can not remember a specific point in time when you asked Jesus to be your Lord, this will be a chance for you to examine that choice, and after the study you will have the opportunity to bow your head and surrender your life to Christ.
For hundreds of years, Christians who have spoken to someone about the decision to follow Christ have used a series of Bible passages from the Book of Romans which is known as the "
Please begin with prayer.
Answer the following questions. They will be discussed at the second week mission meeting.
Please read and then write Romans 3:23:
According to this passage, what people are sinners?
To whom do you compare yourself to judge if you are doing the "right thing"?
In this passage, God tells you the standard by which He compares you. What is that standard?
Knowing that God compares you to His perfect standard (the glory of God), what conclusion can you come to about yourself and why?
If you have been brutally honest with yourself, you probably come to the conclusion that you are, like all people, a sinner. You know when you have sinned (done something that is against God's standards), and you have tried on your own to do the correct thing the next time. Many times this pattern leads to another flawed outcome when compared to God's standard. Can you think of something in your life that you have repeatedly tried to "fix" only to fail and fail again? Write about it.
This pattern that you live out each day is an endless cycle. It is sometimes easy to make a bad choice (sin) and know that you have sinned. We then try to "fix" the problem many times to fail, and then fail again. We cannot solve the sin issue on our own.
Read and write Romans 6:23.
What does this passage say about the consequences of sin?
This can be a physical death or a spiritual death. Spiritual death is eternal separation from God. Because God knows that we are all sinners trapped in the vicious cycle of sin, He made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. What gift did God send for you? Why do you think Scripture called this a gift?
Read and write Romans 5:8.
This passage tells you how God feels about you. What is it?
The neat thing about this love that God has for you and me is that the passage says "When we were yet sinners, God demonstrates His love..." Even with all the garbage (sin) that separates us from God, God still reaches out in love to you and me. Wow, when people sin against you, are you still able to love them? God is able to do that. His love for you never changes, and He is loving you even though you are separated from Him because He is perfect and you are not. What do you think about God's love for you? Can you describe how it feels to be loved even though the God that loves you knows every single thing about you- the good, the bad, and the worse things you have ever done?
Who did God send to pay the price for your sin?
What type of love must God have for you that He was willing to send His own Son to die in your place?
Read and write Romans 10:9:
Like all gifts, the benefit of the gift is only realized when it gift is accepted and opened. What does this passage say that a person must do in order to have the gift of eternal life?
Jesus' death cleared away our sin from the sight of God. This does not mean that we will never sin again; rather it means when God looks at you, He will see His Son on the cross and Christ blood that was spilled on the cross. This is what allows God to forgive your sins and allow you to have a personal relationship with Him. It is our faith in Christ that God is seeking.
Read and write Romans 5:1:
What must you do to be justified (made right with God)?
When we do this, what has happened between you and God?
Romans 8:1 says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" What does this mean and what assurance does this give you?
Romans 8:38-39 says, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
What things does Paul say will never separate you from God's love that was shown through Christ's death?
Knowing this, how secure can someone feel in their love relationship with God?
If you have never surrendered your life to Christ by acknowledging to God that you know that you are a sinner, telling Him that you know He loves you, receiving the gift of Christ's death on the cross of
"Lord, I know that I am a sinner. I understand that I cannot live the life you want without you. I receive your love, and the love that Christ showed for me by dieing on the cross. Thank you for hat precious gift. Thank you for forgiving my sins. I want Jesus to live in me and be the Lord of my life."
If you prayed these words and truly meant them, the Lord has forgiven your sins because of what Christ did for you. You will have eternal life with God- a true love relationship that will last forever. Finally, you will begin the process of learning how to surrender each day of you life to the Lord for His purposes. Please let a Christian friend know that you have prayed this prayer. Ask them for help. Your Christian walk with God has just begun! The Bible tells us that God wants to throw a great party every time one person accepts the gift of Christ. How fantastic is that.
If you can remember a time when you asked Christ into you heart, then now a great time to rededicate your life to the Lord as you marvel at the love God has shown you in your life and as you have revisited the Romans Road. Please bow your head and thank God for what He has done in your life. Talk to Him about your joys, and struggles. Finally, you can again acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
Written by: John R. Wallace, Jr. for the 2007 Calvary Impact