Today is Friday, April 6th: Happy national jump over things day! I hope that you jump over things today, even if it is just metaphorically. Praise King Jesus for his continued goodness to us, and rest assured that in Him he will carry us over all of the obstacles that are too high for us to jump over ourselves. Today we continue with Paul through the book of Romans. In the passage, we are charged to fervently serve the Lord and continue to serve Him. I would encourage you to read verses 9-13 in order to fully understand the context of these two verses in the middle. I pray that we will continue to hold fast to whatever is pure and that we would be convicted to continue steadfastly in prayer. Praise King Jesus - Evan
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Have you ever had a coworker that was particularly difficult to deal with? How did you deal with the situation, and is there anything you could do differently next time?
- 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 5:12-14 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
_ How can you avoid being slothful in zeal?
_ What are the steps to remain fervent in spirit?
_ How constant is “Constant in prayer”?
_ What does it look like to rejoice in hope and be patient in tribulation?
_ How does this passage connect to the rest of chapter 12?
+ 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)
_ Does this passage convict you to change? If so, what does that change look like? What are some practical steps towards accomplishing that change?
_How can you grow to be more patient in tribulation?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?