Sometimes our worship loses its passion. Our prayer life becomes stagnant. We forget why we are serving God. And slowly, subtly, the world's ways become our ways. In these eleven studies, covering chapters 1-8 of the book of Romans, you will learn what measures you can take to break out of old patterns and become new in Christ. For the second half of Romans, click here.
Getting the Most Out of Romans 1-8
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.
Good News from God
Paul says we can be eager to preach the gospel or be ashamed of it. What might lead us to adopt one attitude or the other?
The Wrath of God
People often raise the question of how God could condemn those who have never heard of him. How does this passage address that question?
The Judgment of God
Jews placed great value on circumcision because it was the visible sign that they were God's people. How had some of them confused the sign with what it signified? How might religious people today have a similar misunderstanding about baptism or some other ritual practice?
Imagine a courtroom scene with God as the judge and the world on trial. From what you have learned so far, summarize the charges against us, the supporting evidence and the verdict.
The Righteousness from God
How is the righteousness from God different from righteousness by law?
The Example of Abraham
According to Paul, how were Old Testament saints, such as Abraham and David, justified? What are some of the differences between justification by faith and by works?
Reasons to Rejoice
What does it mean to "rejoice in the hope of the glory of God"? How has this been a source of joy to you?
New Life, New Lifestyle
In what sense was our baptism both a funeral and a resurrection?
Our Struggle with Sin
Paul compares his struggle with sin to a war, with sin as the aggressor. Describe the nature and outcome of this war. How can a person's anguish and struggle with sin be beneficial?
The Spirit Brings Life
If we were unable to defeat sin as non-Christians, how can we as Christians?
How do the words foreknew, predestined, called, justified and glorified help us understand how God accomplishes his purpose for us?
This section includes information on preparing and leading studies, components of small groups, selected discussion questions, and background notes and suggestions for each study.
Total number of pages—50 pages
Jack Kuhatschek is executive vice president and publisher for Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of many Bible study guides and the books Applying the Bible and The Superman Syndrome.