Today is Tuesday, May 8th, 2018. I hope you are having a wonderful morning, partaking in prayer and reading the scriptures. This week we will be finishing up Romans, gaining the last bit of wisdom Paul wrote to the Romans, completely inspired by the Holy Spirit. Today we look at Paul’s caution to true believers of the Church, to keep a keen eye for those who are within the body, disrupting the spread and teaching of the true Gospel, that they may benefit in some way by leading others astray. Please join us at our Sunday morning Gatherings, held at 9:00 am and 10:45 am.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_What are some examples of lies that could make a new believer stray from the truth of the Gospel, and why can these lies sometimes be hard to see through?
_ 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 16:17-1]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
_Why is it important as a church to be very aware of those who are within a church community to disrupt, and serve their own well being? What could the effect be on the Church? What effect might this have on people who are watching the community from the outside?
_Since Paul’s rule of caution is pretty clear, let us address what sometimes may be unclear. How do we pinpoint those who are in the church to disrupt?
+To answer this please see the following passage from Matthew 7: 15-20
15“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
+ Please also see a passage from John 10: 7-14
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me
Both of these passages have to do with being able to tell who are the sheep and who are not, by their fruits and their ability to hear and discern Christ.
From these passages please answer the question above both passages.
+ 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)
_ Since “The righteous live by faith”, what is one way you are being called by Christ to step outside your comfort zone this week and have faith that God has a purpose through that conviction he has given you?
_ Are you spending time in the Word and in prayer, to hear the Lord speak to you? It is these two actions that lead us to repentance, as well as our daily callings to God’s will.
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
Pray the Lord would put upon your heart the person(s) in your life that you are to share the good news of the Gospel to, through organic circumstances in a relationship. If you know who this person is God is calling you to walk with; How can you take a simple step of obedience, to show the love and passion of Christ to him/her?