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    Discussion Questions

    1. If God accepts us not on the basis of who we are or what we have done, but on the basis of who Jesus is and what he has done for us, does that mean we can live in whatever way we please?  Why or why not?
    2. What is the logic that Paul employs in verses 2-11? Why is it that God's grace always leads to a changed life?
    3. In verse 11, Paul doesn't tell us to do something, but to believe something. What is it that we are supposed to consider?  How is the raising of Lazarus a helpful illustration for the Christian who has been brought into a whole new position by God's grace?
    4. How are we called to "be aggressive" against the lingering presence of sin based on verses 12-14? What are the ways that we weaken or "put to death" sins in our life? (Romans 8.13)
    5. What is the key to experiencing change? Why is a change of heart more powerful than a greater exertion of the will? What are ways that we can help and support one another in our spiritual growth?