Happy Monday! I hope that today is a good day for you. For some, Mondays can be hard, but I pray that today would be a good Monday for you in whatever you are doing. And today I hope we can all be encouraged as we look at the example of Abraham in Romans. Abraham, the one with the song talking about his many sons, also has many lessons to teach us through the example of his life. In this passage in Romans, we get to see how Abraham’s faith in God had an incredible impact on his life. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What do you know about Abraham and his life?
- How would you summarize Romans chapter three?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Lord as we continue to look at what faith is I pray that you would guide our thoughts. Lord teach us what faith is, help us to understand the importance of faith. Help us to learn more about You and how we are called to live in response to You. Thank you for all that You have accomplished in our lives already. Thank you for all that you will accomplish in our lives from here on out. Amen.
DISCOVER [Romans 4:1-8]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
- What is meant by “justified by works?” (v.2)
- How did Abraham gain righteousness?
- What is righteousness? Why is righteousness important?
- What does verse 5 teach us we need to have? Why is this important?
- Verses 7 and 8 come from the start of Psalm 32. Take a moment to read this Psalm. What does Psalm 32:10 tell us we need to do in response to the Lord?
- Is there a difference in having faith and trusting in the Lord?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How have works taken priority in my life over having faith?
- Are there “works” in my life that I need to step away from/put away because of the distraction they are causing? What are practical steps I can take to accomplish this?
- How am I called to actively live out my faith? What practical steps do I need to take this week?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?