Begin this session by reading Scripture and answering questions to reflect on the selected Bible verses.
What does Paul struggle with? Are you surprised by this passage?
Compare the struggle expressed in chapter 7 with the expectations in chapter 6. How do we reconcile the two different perspectives that Paul is expressing in these different chapters?
Paul: a faithful, well-educated Jew who was so passionate about protecting his faith that he led the persecution of the first Christians. He then had an encounter with Christ, which changed his life, and as a result, Paul
dedicated his life to serving the Church.
The Pauline Epistles: a group of books that originally began as letters written by Paul.
Paul’s letters are written with certain patterns that generally include these five distinct parts:
All people struggle with sin, but our attitude toward sin should change as we embrace God. We should find it impossible to continue in that which separates us from God. While Paul explains the struggle we have within ourselves to be the people of God, and to fight against the temptations of sin around us, we can be hopeful because God provides us strength through the Spirit of God who lives within us.
Paul talks about salvation as a relationship, not as a specific act that is completed at one point in time. How would you describe the history of your relationship with God? What is its current state?
Paul wants you to understand your guilt and fallen nature. Why is recognizing, accepting, and embracing your guilt and sin hard for you to do? How can accepting these faults be liberating?
What sins in your life are keeping you from being the person God desires and expects you to be? What steps can you take to foster a dependence upon God and His Spirit in order to lead you to victory in your struggle with sin?
If Paul struggled to overcome sin on his own, what does this say about the likelihood of your ability to overcome it on your own? How can you involve others in your struggles?