It seems that there is a remnant of winter here in Kentucky. It may be March, but we’re still getting snow, and this time, we got enough to shut the town I live in down for a bit. I really thought that winter was done and spring was just around the corner, but winter has been persistent, making it known that we’ve still got a bit more cold and a bit more snow to endure. As I sit and marvel at the beauty of this winter remnant I imagine that the Lord also looks with love on the remnant of Israel. I look forward to having you join me read about the remnant of Israel today as we continue to read and study through Romans. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What have you been meditating on from yesterday’s sermon?
- What do you think it means for something to be done by grace and not by works?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Lord, we praise you for granting us life. We thank you for the gift of grace and all that it has afforded us in this life. We acknowledge that all we have and all we are able to accomplish is because of You and Your grace. Help us to have a clear understanding of grace and the impact it has on our lives. Lord, help us not to take this gift for granted, help us to appreciate it, help us to not waste it. Thank you Lord for the many blessings we have in our lives, we love You and look forward to knowing You better today. Amen.
DISCOVER [Romans 11:1-10]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” 4 But what is God's reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, 8 as it is written,
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that would not see
and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.”
9 And David says,
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
and bend their backs forever.”
- Why does Paul start by asking if God has rejected his people?
- Who is Elijah and why is his story important?
- What is meant by “at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace”? (v.5)
- What is meant by “the rest were hardened”? (v.7)
- Why did Paul include the snippet from Psalm 69? (v.9-10, Psalm 69:22). What does this tell us about what Paul is describing?
+ 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)
- In what ways has my heart become hardened?
- Where do I see the evidence of grace in my life?
- How am I to respond to this grace?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?