Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached this past Sunday at The Park. I have been putting myself in your position all week long, and thinking, “this is a rough start to a new community group!” Paul takes the gloves off in chapter 1 so we have to roll our sleeves up and get into it. I encourage you to begin your group with a time of greeting and introductions. You may choose to reorder the questions below or to write your own. Work hard to facilitate discussion and avoid allowing yourself or another member to speak the entire hour. Ultimately we trust you with leading your group.
Martin Luther says of Roman’s, “This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament, It is the purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul.” What’s your relationship to Romans? Do you read it often? Do you memorize it? Why or why not?
- Read Romans 1:1 What do you know of the Apostle Paul? What do you know of his life before Christ, his conversion, and his ministry? How does Paul’s story qualify him to write a letter like Romans?
- This weekends message began with comments from Genesis 2 & 3. How does that set the stage for the book of Romans?
- What are some observations you had from this chapter?
- What did you learn about God from reading this chapter?
- Read Romans 1:28-32. What does this tell you about the human situation? How does it make you feel?
- Paul says he is not ashamed of the Gospel. In fact, preaching the Gospel is the preoccupation of his life. Why is he so passionate about this? How would you compare your passion for communicating the Gospel to Paul’s? Why?