Week 1-Choose Grace
“What a contrast between Adam and Christ, who was yet to come! And what a difference between our sin and God’s generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s bountiful gift. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness makes all people right in God’s sight and gives them life. Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God’s sight.” Romans 5:14-19 NLT
- Sin caused the end of Eden (God’s original intent):
- We lost our identity as God’s people,
- our place in paradise,
- and access to God’s presence.
- God’s grace is greater than our sin:
- Jesus defeated the curse started in Eden,
- saved us from our sins,
- and restored our relationship with him.
Eden New Heaven and New Earth (Eden Restored)
New Covenant (Jesus)
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 NLT
Rev. Brandon Dasinger
Teaching Pastor and Director of Missions
- Sin causes us to lose our true identity in Christ. What are some things that people place their identity (self-worth) in? What does it mean to have our identity in Christ? How does our new identity impact the way we live?
- Read Ephesians 2. How does Paul describe the bad news of sin? How does he describe the good news of the gospel? How does the gospel affect our relationships with one another?
- What stood out about today’s message? How does the understanding of the cross and God’s unlimited love change the way you think about God? your life? your calling?