Peace in Christ (Romans 5:1-9)

Romans 5:1-9

Theme: God has forgiven us our sins so we have joy even though we still encounter hardships. 
 

Discussion Points:

  • If we put our faith in Christ he has forgiven us of our sins. He remembers them no more.
  • We did not deserve what Christ did for us. He did it anyway because he loves us.
  • Because of our forgiveness in Christ, we can rejoice even when we face difficulties, knowing he has our back.
  • Difficulties build strength in us.
  • Difficulties build character in us (integrity).
  • Difficulties build hope in us.

 

 



The Certainty of Grace (Romans 4:14-21)

Romans 4:14-21
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 4:14-21 together.
  • Verse 16 says the promise is received by faith. What promise is this referring to?
  • Verse 18 says Abraham had no reason to hope but kept hoping anyway. Do you have a time in your life when you haven’t felt like hoping? When you have lost hope? What allowed you to keep hoping?
  • Verse 20 says Abraham’s faith grew stronger with his struggles. How difficult is it to have that perception in the middle of the struggle?
  • Read verse 21 aloud. Do you believe that? Does your life reflect that?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another.


The Faith of Abraham (Romans 4:1-13)

Romans 4:1-13
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 4:1-13 together.
  • Explain verse 3. How was Abraham demonstrating faith?
  • Abraham was not a Jew. He did not follow the law. Yet he was forgiven. How? Why? 
  • What does Abraham’s faith inform to us about how we are forgiven?
  • Read Hebrews 11:1-40 together. Take your time and go through each example. What do they have in common? What do they have that are different?
 


God is Faithful (Romans 3:1-9)

Romans 3:1-9
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 3:1-9 together.
  • How comforting is it that God’s faithfulness does not depend upon our faithfulness?
  • Is God fair? It is easy to answer yes because we know this to be true. However, in practice is it easy to see that God is fair?
  • How do you answer situations in which God seems to be unfair?
  • Read John 3:1-12 together.
  • How is it that Nicodemus did not understand what Jesus was saying?
  • Do we have the same problem that Nicodemus has? How often do we assume we know the answers only to discover God was speaking of something else entirely?
  • Spend some time in prayer together before dismissing.


What Lies Within (Romans 2:25-29)

Romans 2:25-29
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 2:25-29 together.
  • What does it mean that “your circumcision has become uncircumcision” in verse 25?
  • What does verse 28 and 29 mean?
  • What is circumcision of the heart?
  • It has been said that character is what you do when no one is looking. Do you agree? Is that what these verses are talking about/?
  • What is your definition of integrity? How are Christians supposed to display integrity?
  • Spend some time in prayer for each other before leaving.


The Hypocrisy of the Church (Romans 2:17-24)

Romans 2:17-24
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 2:17-24 together.
  • Is it okay to boast about our relationship with God?
  • How convinced are you that you are a light to the dark or a guide to the blind?
  • Should you be a guide to the blind? What is preventing you from being the guide?
  • How do you feel every time you sin? Have you become callous to it or do you feel heartbroken?
  • Do you believe there are others that have denied God because of you? How do you respond to that realization?
  • No Christian is perfect. How do you respond to the sins in your life as they affect others? In other words, how do you make up for it when you’ve hurt others and harmed the Gospel presentation to them?
  • Spend some time in prayer for each other before you leave.


Your Conscience Tells On You (Romans 2:12-16)

Romans 2:12-16
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 2:12-16 together.
  • What does verse 12 mean?
  • Verse 13 makes sense. Read James 1:19-27. How does James compare with Romans 2?
  • Explain James’ analogy that he uses in James 1 to illustrate his point. What is he saying?
  • Read Romans 2:16 again. What secrets are being talked about here?
  • Spend some time in prayer for each other before you leave.


Justice is Blind (Romans 2:1-11)

Romans 2:1-11
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Why does God leave us without an excuse?
  • Do you believe everyone is without an excuse? What about those born in closed countries where the Gospel cannot be shared? How is everyone left without an excuse?
  • Do you feel like mankind tends to judges others for the same acts they commit? Why do you think this is so?
  • Read John 8:1-11. Explain the scribes’ and Pharisees’ reactions. Explain Jesus’ reaction.
  • Why does God have patience with us?
  • How can we demonstrate patience with others?
  • Spend some time in prayer for each other before you leave.


Suppressing the Truth (Romans 1:18-32)

Romans 1:18-32
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Romans 1:18-32 together. What does Paul mean by “suppress the truth?”
  • How does the expression of Romans 1 in the sermon expand your understanding of what Paul was really discussing here?
  • How do we as people “worship the creature rather than the Creator?”
  • It was stated in the sermon that the heart of God has been revealed to mankind. What is the heart of God that has been revealed?
  • All of humanity are sinners. Why is it easy and tempting for us to discuss some sins but not others? What must we do as Christians to ensure we do not do that?
  • Read Galatians 5:19-21 and Romans 1:29-31 together. What do these lists have in common? What stands out to you in the descriptions of sinful thoughts and actions?
  • Why is defining sin so important?
  • Spend some time praying for one another before you leave.


Serve in Humility (Mark 9:30-37)

Mark 9:30-37
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Mark 9:30-37 together. What is it that the disciples were concerned with? Why do you think this is so?
  • How would you define greatness? What does Scripture define as greatness?
  • Read Ephesians 5:1-21 together. How would you summarize this passage? What is the message being given to us?
  • We discussed a lot in the service about childlike faith. What are the characteristics of a child that Christ is saying to imitate?
  • Read Matthew 18:1-7 together. What are some ways that we typically cause others to stumble?
  • Think about areas where you may inadvertently cause others to stumble. What can you do to change that?
  • Spend some time praying for one another before you leave.