International Christian Foundations – English 4A

NEW CREATION in Christ

Connect with each other

Begin with prayer

Discussion Question:

  1. Since you became a Christian, what evidence do you see in yourself that God has made you new?

Introduction

In this series of studies 4 A-C, we will see that when we become a Christian, God renews our spirit immediately. We are therefore at the same time a new creation in Christ but also our soul (mind, emotions and will) is in the process of life-long transformation. The more we are transformed and become like him, the less we fall into sin. This process of transformation also has the result that we know Jesus more.

In this study we examine what it means to be a new creation in Christ.

In 4B we examine God’s lifetime process of transformation in us so that we become like him.

In 4C we see how God gives us victory over temptation.

Hear God’s Word and understand it

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 5: 17

“… If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

“THE OLD HAS GONE”

Bible Passage: Romans 6: 5-14

Background: Paul has been explaining to the Romans that we inherited our old sinful self from Adam following his sin and ours. Our old self has now been replaced by the gift to us of Christ’s righteousness and life. Paul challenges us with the question, “We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:2).

“The body of sin” is the old self together with the sins we have committed.

Bible Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the pair of foundational truths he expects everyone to know in verse 6?
  2. What is the other pair of foundational truths in verses 5 and 8?
  3. What conclusions does Paul come to? (v11, 14)
  4. Consider your answers to Questions 1-3. What new practical choices can you now make? (v12-13)

Bible Passage: 1 John 2: 1

Background: John has been explaining that one proof we are true Christians is that we are honest with God and each other about any sin that might have occurred in our lives and that we are willing to deal with it in God’s way.

Bible Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the significance of John’s statement “if anyone does sin” rather than, “when anyone sins”?
  2. Given what we have learned in Romans 6 and in 1 John 2:1, what encouragement and practical application is there for you?

“THE NEW HAS COME”

Bible Passage: Colossians 3: 1-4

Background: Paul has been explaining to the Colossians in 2:12 that they have “been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God …”

Bible Discussion Questions:

  1. How does God give the Colossian christians new life in Christ?
  2. Because these things are true for you, is this how you think about yourself? Explain.

Bible Passage: Ephesians 2: 4-10

Background: Paul has been describing to the Ephesians all the riches they received “in Christ”.

Bible Discussion Question:

  1. What six things has God done for us in Christ? (v5, 6, 8 and 10)

Bible Passage: Galatians 2: 20-21

Background: Paul has been making the point to the Galatian Christians that they cannot please God by trying to obey God’s law by human effort.

Bible Discussion Question:

  1. What is the new way to live for God that Paul outlines here?

Apply God’s Word

Act

  1. Which concepts have been the most helpful for you? Why?

From what you have learnt, what is one thing you will do differently in the next week?

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