Imagine you’re on one side of California’s Golden Gate Bridge. Now imagine trying to jump from one side of the bay to the other (more than a mile across). Even if you were an Olympic gold medal winner in the long jump, how far do you think you would get?
1. Read Romans 5:6-11. How does this paragraph describe us before Jesus came to us? See verses 6, 8, and 10.
2. How would you define each of these words: weak, ungodly, sinners, and enemies?
3. What did Christ do for us according to verses 6 and verse 8? What was God’s motivation?
4. Why did Christ have to die? What’s unique about Jesus that he could pay for our sins? See Romans 6:23 for a clue.
5. What do verses 9-11 say about us as a result of trusting in Christ?
6. What does it mean that we’re justified before God, saved from God’s wrath, and reconciled to God?
7. How does it change the way you live when you know you’re justified (“just-as-if-I’ve-never-sinned”), instead of striving for God’s approval through your own efforts?
8. How does it feel to know that trusting in Jesus saves you from God’s wrath because of your sin?
9. What difference does it make in the way you live to be God’s friend instead of his enemy?
10. Think about some of the people God has placed in your life. Who do you think most needs to know about Jesus bridging the gap for them to have a relationship with God?
11. What’s a specific step you think God wants you to take to help this person see that Jesus wants to bridge the gap?
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