Happy Tuesday!  True to what we’ve seen thus far, today’s passage in Romans is confusing and verbose...and almost lost without the context of the rest of the chapter. It may be helpful to back up a bit and take in the preceding verses and even continue on past verse 12. Remember that using a commentary, study guide or talking with someone else may be helpful, too. As tricky as it is, this is God’s living word and it’s worth taking the time to figure out what He is saying in context, culture, and Christ.

- What was the primary thought or lesson that you took away from this past Sunday’s gathering?
- As you think about your relationship with Him, what’s primarily on your mind today?
- Ask Him to lead you to whatever, whomever or wherever He has for you today...for His glory and for your ultimate good!

As you prepare to read this brief passage, ask Him to open your eyes, heart and mind to what He would have you hear, how He would have you respond and with whom you might share what you’ve read.

Romans 4:9-12 New International Version (NIV)

9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

+ WHAT is this passage saying?
- Why is Paul so hyper-focused on circumcision?
- Why do you think Paul elevates Abraham’s faith in this passage?
- Why might it be important that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness BEFORE Christ came to earth?
- What was the significance of physical circumcision for the Israelites? How is that similar or different from a circumcision of the heart?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?
- If you’re honest, do you find yourself focusing on the outward or inward signs of “circumcision?”
- What do you feel Him encouraging you to do or how do you feel he is asking you to respond as a result of this passage?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them?
- How can the righteousness that has been credited to you impact others today?
- Who might benefit from hearing of this righteousness that can come from only Him?