Obedience and Authority (Romans 13:1-7)

Romans 13:1-7

Theme: Obey those in authority over you.
Memory Verse: Ephesians 6:1

Discussion Points:

  • God places people in authority over us for our protection.
  • Sometimes we do not understand decisions those in authority make.
  • Sometimes we do not like what those in authority do.
  • Our job is to be responsive, respectful, and obedient to those in authority.
  • The only thing we can control is ourselves.
  • Always do what is right.


Love the Lord, Hate Evil (Romans 12:9-21)

Romans 12:9-21

Theme: Passionately serve the Lord.
Memory Verse: Romans 12:21

Discussion Points:

  • God wants us to be consistent in our service to him.
  • We are to love what is right and hate what is evil.
  • Life isn’t about us. Don’t be so consumed with what I feel is right.
  • Trust in God to do what is right.
  • Be careful not to be overcome with evil.


All to Jesus I surrender (Romans 12:4-8)

Romans 12:4-8

Theme: We love God by serving others.
Memory Verse: Romans 12:4

Discussion Points:

  • God has given each of us talents and gifts.
  • We are to use what God has given us for His glory.
  • What has God gifted me with?
  • What do I have to offer others?
  • What is my role in the church? How can I contribute to Hobbs Island Church? How can I serve God’s mission here at Hobbs Island Church?


By the Mercy of God, Be Renewed (Romans 12:1-3)

Romans 12:1-3

Theme: We must train ourselves to think and act like Christ
Memory Verse: Romans 12:2

Discussion Points:

  • The word “therefore” connects this chapter with the preceding 11 chapters. Because of God’s mercy, Paul is urging us to be transformed into the likeness of God.
  • How do we grow in likeness to God? We worship God. Christian growth begins in worship.
  • God does not want us to be like the world. What does God want us to be conformed to? Romans 8:29
  • God has given us the Bible to fill our eyes, our ears, and our hearts so that we can better serve Him.
  • Mark 7:15

History (Romans 11:1-36)

Romans 11:1-6

Theme: Salvation is about a relationship with Christ, not a relationship with the church.
Memory Verse: Romans 11:36

Discussion Points:

  • God is faithful and his faithfulness never ends.
  • We can believe God’s promises because God has proven Himself to be faithful.
  • Not everyone will be saved. There are those that won’t believe no matter the evidence.
  • Hell is a real place and there are consequences for sin.
  • God loves us and offers us grace though we do not deserve it.


How Will They Know? (Romans 10:9-21)

Romans 10:9-13

Theme: Whoever receives Jesus receives salvation through Christ.
Memory Verse: Romans 10:13

Discussion Points:

  • God hears us when we call to Him.
  • God responds to us.
  • Whoever asks God for forgiveness receives it.
  • We must confess ourselves as sinners and ask Jesus to forgive us.
  • Once we receive salvation through Christ, we are to tell others what we did.


Salvation of Israel (Romans 9:6-10:4)

Romans 10:1-4 NLT

Theme: Believing in Jesus is the only way to be right with God.
Memory Verse: Romans 10:4

Discussion Points:

  • Paul prayed for everyone he knew to be saved and we should too.
  • Some people think they can save themselves. God says they cannot.
  • The Old Testament law was useful to show us how much we needed a Savior.
  • Jesus fulfilled ALL of the law.
  • The only way to be saved is to trust that Jesus is who he says he is and he will keep his promises.

Grieving for the Lost (Romans 8:35-9:7)

Romans 8:38-39

Theme: Nothing can make God not love us.
Memory Verse: Romans 8:38-39

Discussion Points:

  • God loves us more than we can possibly imagine.
  • There is no problem in our life too big or too small for God. He cares about everything in our life.
  • Nothing can separate us from God (not even ourselves).
  • Our understanding of God’s love for us causes us to want to share with others about His loves so they can enjoy it too.
  • Pray for one friend that you have in your life that needs to know the love of Jesus. 

Predestined for Good (Romans 8:26-39)

Romans 8:31-39

Theme: God knows what is best for us and we can trust in Him.
Memory Verse: Romans 8:31

Discussion Points:

  • God knows what is best for us.
  • God desires to give us His best.
  • God’s best does not always match what we think is best.
  • We must trust in God despite our circumstances.
  • Nothing can separate us from God. We are secure and safe in His hands because He loves us so much.

Transformed by God (Romans 8:15-25)

Romans 8:12-18

Theme: We don’t have to live in sin. Christ will cause us to have to make difficult decisions.
Memory Verse: Romans 8:18

Discussion Points:

  • We have a choice to do right or to do wrong.
  • Sin causes us to want to do what we want to do.
  • Life with Christ causes us to want to do what God wants us to do.
  • Sometimes doing the right thing causes difficulties for us (temporarily).
  • Others won’t always like us if we do the right things.