Today is Tuesday the 20th of March; Part of our human nature is to elevate our own self-importance. Throughout our lives, we are taught that the results we achieve are because of the choices and actions we made. How do we then reconcile this to the fact of our salvation, that it was made possible only by God’s grace? - Daniel

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you been part of a group where you felt superior? How did this make you act?

PRAY
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 11:11-24]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?

11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

_What is the result of the Jews stumbling? Does this mean the Jews cannot be saved?

17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. 23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.

  • What is Paul referring to in the passage:

    • Branches

    • Wild Olive Shoot/Tree

    • Root

    • Cultivated Olive Tree
      _What is the relationship between the root and (grafted) branches?
      _What causes a branch to be broken off or grafted in?
      _What causes you to become arrogant and proud? Why do you need to have fear?
      _What does this passage show about God’s character?

      + HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?
      _In your salvation, do you become arrogant or proud towards others? Does your salvation have a healthy level of fear?
      _Do you stand fast in faith?

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