Today is Monday, April 9th. Romans 12 continues to give us a steady stream of the practical outworking of the gospel in our lives. Drawing on the teaching of Jesus Paul shows us what it looks like to live in the tumultuous landscape that is us. May the Lord continue to form us into a Jesus like people. I hope and pray you have a wonderful week!
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- If Jesus asked you to care for your enemies, who comes to mind?
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 12:14-16]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
_ In vs. 14 and 15 we find a three sets of words repeating twice. What are those words and how do they relate to one another? Why do you think they are repeated?
_ vs. 16 details with unity in relationships. What are some of the elements Paul lays out as it relates to our relationships?
_ Here is a simple summation of the passage with some fill in the blanks!
Bless and don't curse _______________
Rejoice with _______________
Cry with _______________
Live in _______________
Do not be _______________
Associate with _______________
In your own sight _______________
+ 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)
_ Is there anyone persecuting you that you are being called to bless?
_ Is there anyone you are not living in harmony with that you need to reconcile?
_ Is there anyone you are overlooking because you are thinking too much of yourself?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?