Alumni Bible Study

A Bible study initially set up for alumni of the Senior Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, Texas. It is our hope and our prayer that this study touches the hearts of those who participate and helps spread the love and grace of Our Lord and God. All who want to learn more about God are welcome

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I am a Christian family man, Lay Pastor and writer from Deep East Texas. I love life, and I enjoy working with young people. I have published two books; "A Small Mind Among Tall Trees" and "God If You Are Not Too Busy, Can You Give Me a Hand". If you want to obtain a copy drop me an e-mail or go to or barnesand . I have been a salesman, cowman and athlete in my past. I still have a strong sense of humor and am not afraid to use it.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Romans 5:12-21

Relax, Read and Reflect.
Prayer- Lord, open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ
12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What does Adam’s sin have to do with us? Why should we be constantly judged by God for what Adam did a long time ago? These would be fair questions-if we did not sin ourselves. Adam did, we are part of Adams linage, and we still sin.
Paul does not bring this up to put man down. He reminds us how weak we can be. Man sinned for hundreds of years, so God gave Moses the laws. Did the sinning stop? To be fair, all of mankind did not know about the law given to Moses, only the chosen people, the Jews. Therefore; only the Jews stopped sinning- right? The law did not stop the sin, because we are all from Adam, and prone to sin.
Re-read vs. 17. Even though we sin, even though we rebel, we are still given the gifts of Gods love and grace. If we look at it logically; we do not need justice or fairness from God- we all need mercy.
Prayer- Lord, give us Your mercy. We do not deserve or earn it, but we need it still. Thank you for Your gifts, and most of all, thank you for Your Son. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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