Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached this past Sunday at The Park. 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?
- What are some observations you had from this chapter? Were there any new insights you learned about the passage from the sermon?
- What theology was present in this chapter?
- What did you learn about God from reading this chapter?
- In verses 1-6 Paul uses the story of Elijah (1 Kings 18-19). How are Paul and Elijah similar?
- How might jealousy, as described in verses 11-15, actually draw Jews to Christ?
- What/Who do you think Paul is referring to in verse 16 (dough, lump, root, branches)?
- If Romans is a book written to believers who have eternal security (8:38-39; 11:29), what could Paul be talking about in verse 20 & 21?
- Verse 22 describes the “kindness and severity” of God. Which of these aspects of God’s character seem more natural for you to relate to? Why?
- What do you think of the divine mystery in verses 25-27? How do you relate as a Christian to the Jewish Nation?