Week of July 7

Romans: The Power of the Gospel 

In 2024 we are going to read someone else’s mail.  Paul wrote a letter to the church in Rome and gave one of the best and most thorough explanations of the Gospel of Jesus and details about how to live that out.  He was writing to people who were followers of Jesus in Rome, perhaps the toughest place to be a Christian at the most difficult time to be a Christian.  Perhaps Paul’s letter to them can give us insights into how to live out what you believe when the world is indifferent or even hostile to your beliefs.  Let’s dive into God’s Word together as we read and reflect on Paul’s letter to the Romans. 


 July 7th Online Devotional: Find Your Chair!
How do we develop a thriving faith?  A mutually encouraged faith?  A faith that impacts others?  Doug shared a plan involving chairs: 1) Find your chair, 2) pull up a chair, and 3) Get our of your chair and GO! 

LIVE OAK CONNECTION POINT: We will be back to in-person services next Sunday, July 14 at 9:30a/11a! Hope to see you!


DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS: 

  • How did you spend July 4th? 
  •  Share a favorite July 4th memory? 

Doug talked about a strategy for developing a thriving faith by thinking about chairs:

Find your chair: Connecting to God and God’s Word privately and consistently.
Pull up a chair: Connecting with others to mutually encourage each other’s faith.
Get out of your chair & Go: Living out what you believe and reaching out to others. 

 READ:  Psalm 1   

Spend some time SOAPing this passage.  You can either spend time SOAPing individually and documenting for a several minutes and then spend time sharing with each -OR- SOAP in real time with each other. Either way make as many observations as you can.  

  • What stands out to you from this passage?  How does it speak to growing a thriving faith? 

 We read in Romans 1:12 that Paul wrote to the Roman Christians that he wanted to come see them so “that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”  Have you ever experienced a time where you had a connection with a person or a group of people where you experienced a “mutually encouraged” faith? Describe it. 

READ Colossians 3:16. 

  • What are you observations about this verse and how it speaks to growing a thriving faith in yourself and in each other? 
  •  What has been your experience and best practices with each of these three practices? 

Find your chair: Connecting to God and God’s Word privately and consistently.
Pull up a chair: Connecting with others to mutually encourage each other’s faith.
Get out of your chair & Go: Living out what you believe and reaching out to others. 

  • What keeps you from putting each of these three into practice? 
  •  Which one of these do you need to focus on and takes next steps with this week?  And how will you do that specifically? 
  •  What else stood out from this week’s online devotional? 

NEXT STEPS:  
Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step?  Be specific. 

MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge yourself or your group to commit this verse to memory:
Romans 1:12  “…that you & I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” 

 PRAYER:
Spend some time praying for each other.   

 Scripture References Romans 1:16-17; Romans 1:12; Romans 10:17; Colossians 3:16; Psalm 1; Romans 10:14-15