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October 2, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Romans Bible Study: A Righteous God and A Savior Pt 1: Romans 9.14-18

Summary:  Paul continues to present the righteous character of God as it is revealed through His sovereign choices.  Being the self-existent Creator, He is sovereign and can do with His creation as He wishes.  His heart of compassion and mercy is reflected through His choices of sinful man.

1. A. On what basis did God choose Isaac over Ishmael (Rom. 9:6-9)?  Jacob over Esau (Rom. 9:10-13)?  Gen. 17:19-21; 21:12

B. How have we seen God’s sovereignty so far in Romans regarding election and God’s plan?  Romans 1:6; 8:28, 30, 33

C. What difference does it make that God sovereignly chose you to show His mercy and grace to?

2. A. What question does Paul raise in Romans 9:14?  What is his response?

B. Why do you think this issue of God is being raised at this point?  What does the question reflect about the true condition of man’s heart?  Jer. 17:9, Mark 7:20-23, Eph. 4:22

C. Are there areas you are tempted to think that God is not just in His dealings?  If God is truly sovereign, why would a Christian think otherwise?

3. A. Paul refers to what quality of God in verse 15?  Is God obligated to show these qualities to sinful man?  Why or why not?  Romans 3:10-17, 23

B. In light of the account in Exodus 32, what is God’s initial response?  (Exodus 32:10)  Moses’ response?  (Exodus 32:30)  What is the outcome of this account?  (Exodus 33:12-17, 34:1, 27, 28, 32)  What do we learn of God’s character?  (Exodus 33:18, 19)

C. What should you and I do in response to God’s mercy and grace?  Eph. 2:4-10, 1 Thess. 5:16-18, Heb. 13:15, 2 Peter 3:17-18

4. A.  According to Romans 9:16, God’s sovereign choice is NOT dependent upon what?  It IS dependent upon what?

B. What assumptions are made here concerning man?  About God?  Identify earlier passages in Romans that speak to these assumptions.

C. Why is God’s sovereignty important in your life in times of testing?  James 1:2-4, 12

5. Jesus Christ demonstrated compassion during His earthly ministry.  Examine the following accounts and answer the questions: Matt. 9:35-38, 14:13-24, 15:32-39, Mark 1:40-42, 6:30-34, Luke 7:11-17

a.  Why did Jesus show compassion?
b.  Who was His compassion for?
c.  What did He do out of compassion?
d.  How does this account relate to you and me?

For a discussion on this Bible Study go to the discussion forum: Active Bible Study or leave a comment.

February 20, 2011 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: God’s Word Has Not Failed: Romans 9:1-13

Summary: The book of Romans is about the righteousness of God as fulfilled through the Lord Jesus Christ. God is not only fair, He is refreshingly merciful to both gentiles as well as the Israelites. In the sovereignty of His grace, God’s faithful word never fails. Here we see Paul’s case as to how this applies to the nation Israel.

1. A. How does Paul describe his heart in Romans 9:1-3?

B. Explain how the sorrow and grief of Paul can be characterized as Christ-like. What did he actually do about it? John 15:13, Acts 17:1-3, 19:8-10, 24:16, Rom. 16:19, 2 Cor. 1:6-8

C. A heart for the lost is the heart of God. What about you? What things do you allow to interfere with having a burden for the lost? How are you preparing yourself to be a witness for others? 1 Chr. 16:10-11, 1 Peter 3:15, 1 John 2:15-16

2. A. What were the Jewish privileges mentioned by Paul in Romans 9:4-5?

B. Explain what these had to do with eternal life. Romans 9:30-10:4

C. What are you trusting in for your salvation? Family or lineage? Church or religion? Your own works or merit? How about Jesus Christ? John 14:6, 1 Peter 3:18

3. A. How is Jesus identified in Romans 9:5, as a man or as God?

B. Explain how we know Jesus Christ as both God and man. Luke 2:41-52, John 1:1, 14, 8:53-59, Phil. 2:10-11, Heb. 1:1-4

C. Your perception of Christ will determine the way you respond to Him. Do you follow Him as your rightful Master? John 10:27-30, Romans 8:14

4. A. Does unbelief affect the word of God according to Romans 9:6-8?

B. How do we know that God’s word never fails? Num. 23:19, Ps.119:89-90, Matt. 24:35, 2 Tim. 3:16

C. Do you really believe God? Do your priorities and decisions each day reflect this? How so?

5. A. What activities of God do you observe in Romans 9:8-13?

B. Explain the “children of promise” and what God’s choice has to do with it. Deut. 7:6-9, Rom. 9:11, Eph. 1:4, 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 2:13-14

C. Do you respect the sovereignty of God? Either way, what does this tell you about your own heart? Prov. 15:33, Jer. 17:9, Rom. 9:20

November 25, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Church, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology | , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: Introductions to Romans 9-11: Romans 9:1-3

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Overview: Paul has established his case for the gospel as the power of God by the might of His grace: wicked, God-rejecting, helpless sinners are transformed. Believers are justified and established in God’s righteousness, so that we become obedient, Christ-honoring, Spirit-dependent overcomers of sin and trials. Now Paul turns a corner and applies the faithful and sovereign grace of God to Israel. By the sovereign powers of His mercy, He keeps His promises to save and establish the nation Israel.

1. A. Find a summary statement for Paul’s first main point in Romans 1:18-3:20.

B. How would you describe the extent of our fallen state? Romans 3:9-20

C. Are you prepared to answer this misconception: “How can a loving God ever send a nice person to hell?” Ecc. 7:20, Rom. 3:19-20, 2 Thess. 1:6-9, Isa. 33:14, Matt. 25:41

2. A. Find a summary statement for the good news in Rom. 3:21-8:39.

B. How would you describe the extent of our justification? Rom. 3:21-26, 4:25-5:2, 6:17-18, 8:1-4, 8:14-17, 8:28-39

C. Is your security in Christ strong? How would you identify a confident, vibrant faith in the Lord Jesus? John 15:10-11, Rom. 4:18-24

3. A. How are the Israelites described in Romans 10:2-3 and 10:21?

B. How would you explain God’s sovereignty, and the way He uses the fallen state of Israel? Rom. 9:10-16, 9:19-21, 11:1-4, 11:11-12, 11:28-36

C. Share some of the wrong things in your life that God has used for the better.

4. A. Identify the concerns that Paul had as stated in Romans 9:1-3.

B. Explain how the sorrow and grief of Paul can be characterized as Christ-like. John 15:13, 2 Cor. 1:6-8.

C. Solid and healthy, victorious Christians can and do suffer grief over lost souls. A heart for the lost is the heart of God. What about you? Do you share in the burden for the lost, and how does this show?

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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