Today is Friday, February 9, 2018. Happy Friday! Today we continue to study the faith of Abraham and the amazing promise that just as God brought Jesus back to life from the dead, so also can He bring new life to what we thought was dead in our lives. He is our effectual hope; He is faithful to answer His promises as we boldly hope in Him.  -Monica

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Have you ever been with someone who has special privileges that you got to enjoy because you were with them… that glorious moment of “oh, it’s ok. They’re with me,” and you’re in the VIP room? In what way is faith in Christ like that?

PRAY
Thank God for His Spirit who opens our eyes to His truth and for His Word.  Thank Him that Jesus is our righteousness, that faith in Him and His work on the cross to justify us is all that is required to stand boldly before His throne. What an amazing God we serve that He would offer His perfect righteousness to us to receive by faith!

DISCOVER  [Romans 4:17-25]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

_   Vs 17-21 Abraham must have thought it was crazy that at age 100 with no children God would make him the “father of many nations.” What is Abraham’s response to what sounds like an impossible promise from God?

_ In vs. 20-21 we see in part how Abraham’s faith could grow as he waited for God to do the impossible and bring life out of his dead loins and Sarah’s dead womb. What was he doing?
_ In vs 21-22 Why was Abraham’s faith counted as righteousness?
_ In vs 23-25 Paul connects Abraham’s faith to ours. What is the great promise for us? On whom does this faith rest?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?  

+ 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)
_ What kind of people would we be if we were “fully convinced that God [is] able to do what he promised” in all aspects of our lives?
_ Is there an area where I lack this full confidence in God?
_Do you need to surrender an area over to faith?
_Do you truly believe that by faith in Jesus you are counted righteous and there is nothing else needed?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who can you encourage with this truth today?