1. What are the consequences of the first man’s sin (v 12)?
2. What difference does it make whether or not people know God’s commands
3. In what way was Adam “a pattern” of Jesus (v14)?
4. What words are used (in the whole passage) to describe the one thing Adam did, and the one thing Jesus did?
5. How does Paul signal (in the whole passage) that the grace of Jesus is stronger than the sin of Adam?
6. How does the one thing Jesus did affect all Christians?
7. In verse 17, who or what are the two alternative rulers of the world?
8. How did God’s law make things worse (v20)?
9. In what ways do we feel the pain of a world under death?
10. The Bible teaches that all this pain is the result of being in a world under sin. How do our responses to pain and death often ignore this, and how can we help one another to respond in a way that takes account of needing rescue from sin?
11. How is it different to say, “I sometimes commit sins” from saying, “I am a sinner”? Why is the latter so much deeper and more serious?
12. Why do we find it hard to believe that Jesus’ one act of obedience can change us from sinners to righteous? Why would our pride prefer this change to be done in some other way?
13. What difference does this teaching about a new humanity make to the way we treat one another in a church?
14. How does overflowing grace change the way we think about those outside of the church?
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