Goal: Help the student understand that Jesus has the power to set them free from sin’s power so they can live in obedience to God. Challenge them to trust in Christ for forgiveness and a new life, and challenge them to turn away from rebellion.
1 Peter 1:3
Instructor’s Notes: There is a second part to our problem. Not only have we sinned and earned the wrath of God, but we are also in bondage to sin. We don’t only need forgiveness, but we also need a new heart and life. Jesus did not only die so we could be forgiven, He rose from the dead so that we could be born again and live in a new way.
- Why should the resurrection of Christ give us hope? (Jesus has risen from the dead and offers to share this new life with us.)
- Do you recognize that if God does not work in your heart then you will continue to live in sin?
Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17
Instructor’s Notes: On the cross of Christ our old life was crucified, and at the resurrection our new life was born. We no longer need to live according to the old sinful and rebellious desires, but we can live a new life in obedience to the will of God. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we can become new creations.
- Do you desire to live a new life?
- How can you receive this new life from Jesus Christ? (You must submit to Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life and believe that God is willing and able to justly forgive you because of what Jesus has done for you.)
Romans 7:4-6, John 8:34-36
Instructor’s Notes: Jesus is resurrected from the dead and is not in bondage to sin. By joining ourselves to Him He can set us free from all the old sinful desires that bind us. He does this as we daily walk with Him by faith. Day by day He will give us a willingness and ability to obey His commands, and by faith we respond in obedience. When we fail, we confess our sin, turn from it, receive His forgiveness, pray for new strength and continue to fight against sin. Though this walk of faith He daily transforms us.
- How does the resurrection of Christ set us free? (Jesus has overcome sin and death and He offers to share that victory with us. Jesus is risen from the dead and has the power to change our hearts. Through a relationship with Christ based on trust and obedience, we are daily given power to resist sin and live holy.)
- Do you desire to walk in a relationship with Christ by faith? (If yes, that means you are willing to turn from your sins.)
- Are there any sins you are not willing to give up? (If yes, you have not repented. You must repent before you can truly trust in Christ. You cannot have sin and Christ.)
Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 2:32-33, Ezekiel 36:25-27
Instructor’s Notes: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and has been exalted to the right hand of His Father’s throne. He pours out the Holy Spirit on His people so that they can bear godly fruit in their lives. The power of God’s Spirit sets us free from rebellion and sin. Though we still have sinful desires, we also have new holy desires by the Holy Spirit. Through denying the old desires and submitting to the new desires we grow more and more like Jesus Christ.
- How does Christ work in our hearts? (By His Spirit that He gives to everyone who believes.)
- How does someone receive the Holy Spirit? (By repenting of their rebellion and trusting in Christ.)
- What does the Holy Spirit do in the believer’s heart? (He writes God’s law on their heart. That means, He gives them the desire to obey and teaches them day by day how to obey God’s commands.)
- What kind of character traits does God’s Spirit work in the believer? (God’s Spirit works love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control and other good things into the heart of those who follow Christ.)
- Do you have believe it is possible for you to become the kind of person that is filled with love, kindness, patience, etc.? (By yourself it is not, but Jesus Christ can work in your heart to make you into a new person.)
Instructor’s Notes: Jesus Christ is alive from the dead, and He has the power to set people free from the power of sin so that they can submit to God. He is still actively seeking and saving those who are lost in their sin.
- Is Jesus turning you away from your sins? (If you feel a desire to be freed from sins power and submit to God that is Christ working in your heart.)
- If Jesus is working in you to set you free, why don’t you stop resisting Him and submit to Him through repentance and faith?
Summary: Besides providing for the forgiveness of our sins through His death on the cross, He also provides us with a brand new life through His resurrection from the dead. He rose from the dead to make us into new creations so that we don’t have to keep living in our old sins but can live a new life of obedience to God. Those who are joined to the resurrected Christ can be set free from slavery to sin. Christ gives them the Holy Spirit so that they can bear godly fruit. The risen Christ seeks the lost and turns them away from sin and rebellion so they can serve God.
Challenge for the Student: God has made a way for you to be forgiven from the guilt of sin and free from its power. The only reason you do not turn from sin is because you still want to live in sin. They way of forgiveness and freedom is offered to you, but you keep resisting it. You must admit the truth to yourself and stop making excuses; you love sin and want to be the master of your own life. Humble yourself before God and acknowledge Him as your true Master! Give up your rebellion!
Read and discuss Psalm 32:3-5