Today is Wednesday, March 14th. I hope that as we are working through Romans, particularly these last two weeks, we are beginning to understand God’s heart for His chosen people, namely, the Jewish people. I am always astounded by Paul’s yearning for the Jewish people to be reconciled to God through Christ, and this is just a fragment of the yearning God feels for His people to return to Him. I would challenge you, if you do not currently, to begin praying for Israel and the Jewish people in this regards. Let’s continue reading, together! - Peter
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- It is important that before we take a stand on any issue, we educate ourselves on the facts surrounding it. Is there any issue dear to your heart that you wish people would take time to research? Has your perspective shifted on an issue once you became more informed? Why is it dangerous to be uninformed?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Romans 10:1-4 ]
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ Who are the “them” referenced in verse 1? See the previous chapter.
_ What does it mean that these people have “a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge?” What knowledge do they lack?
_ What about Paul’s life gives him compassion and understanding for these people? Think about his heritage and how his life looked before he came to a saving knowledge of Christ.
_ Why did these people not submit to God’s righteousness?
_ What is the “Law of righteousness” referred to in verse 4? How did Christ bring an end to it?
+ 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)
_ Do you ever try to attain righteousness by your own means? Perhaps by good works? What about believing in Christ puts an end to this behavior?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Paul fervently prays for the Jewish people who do not yet know Christ as their savior. Who in your life are you fervently praying for?