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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the week: Hope and Healing for Sexual Brokenness
Saturday, May 25, 2013

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In Tuesday's reading, T. C. "Tom" Ryan compares the problem of sex addiction with "Hyde's behavior and Jykell's predicament" in Robert Lewis Stevenson's classic novel. In Ashamed No More, the book from which this week's readings are adapted, Tom offers this additional insight: "If there were similarities in my life to the struggle Stevenson wrote about, there was one notable exception: my Jekyll always remembered what my Hyde had been up to the night before." Sin, and our addiction to it, is like that. We give in to our sinful nature, and then we are ashamed. But fortunately, we have a Savior who offers hope, redemption, and freedom from sin and shame.

Key Study Passage:

Romans 7

  1. With a word or phrase, sum up your battle with sin. Some options: victory, defeat, retreating, making headway, losing ground, win some/lose some.
  2. Read the study passage quickly. Now read verses 14-24 slowly, noting words and phrases that capture your struggle with sin.
  3. Why is verse 25 both hopeful and realistic? (To gain deeper insights into the hope you have, read Rom. 8:1-13.)
  4. Have an honest, open discussion with a few close Christian friends about the study passage. Create a plan of action for helping one another experience freedom from a life dominated by sin.

Spend Time in Prayer: Confess your sins, expressing your desire for forgiveness, a changed heart, and changed behavior; ask God to lead you to a few men who can encourage each other and hold one another accountable for personal and spiritual growth.

Romans 7

Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

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Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help me to "run from sexual sin" (1 Cor. 6:18); give me grace and a supportive attitude toward those who struggle with lust, porn, or sexual temptation.

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