1. According to Romans 6, we are “no longer slaves to sin.” That means you are no longer bound o sin as a slave is bound to a master. (Meaning without choice or the ability to choose a different path.) Yet, you still sin. Why doesn’t God just remove your sin struggle when you become a Christ follower? (Hint: Are there things you learn in the struggle and in the process of sanctification?)
2. How does “walking and living in the Spirit,” and functioning as one who is full of the Holy Spirit(Galatians 5:18) empower you to say “no” to sin more often than not?
3. Sin is never okay, but how does unconfessed and unrepented sin make things worse for you?How has a hard heart hindered spiritual renewal at times in your life?
4. According to Hebrews 3:13, we are to “encourage each other to never be stubborn or hardened.” How can you encourage others in a humble way to guard their hearts and to confess their sin? (Hint: More is caught than taught!)
5. Why is it hard at times to humbly own your sin, and difficult to quickly confess and repent of it?
6. How does confession keep you focused on the cross and joyful rather than focused on your sin and depressed?
7. Why is a depressed Christian a powerless Christian who makes very little impact in the world?
8. Read Psalm 51 out loud together as group. Discuss how David’s model is a good example for all of us. What strikes you as you read this transparent Psalm?