Week of June 2

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. 

 Week 21: Election, Rejection and Restoration – Romans 9:1-11:36
In Romans 9-11, The Apostle Paul writes to the Christians in Rome as well as to us about some big ideas that are difficult to wrap our minds around.  “Will God reject His people?”  Is salvation predetermined?  Does my free will matter?  And what do I do when I have big questions in reading the Bible that I struggle to understand?


 LIVE OAK CONNECTION POINT:  
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DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS: 

  • What is a favorite memory of your childhood about Summertime?
  • What do you love most about Summertime?
  • READ:  Romans 11:1-36.   

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?   

  • Why do you think Paul uses so many Old Testament references in Romans, especially in Romans 9-11?
  • Romans chapters 9-11 is one sweeping passage dealing with some big questions like: Did God reject His chosen people of Israel? Did God predetermine who is saved and who is not? Does my free will even matter? And more.  How do you see Paul explaining how Predestination and Election (God decides) works with our free will (we decide for ourselves)?
  • What do you do when you read something that is difficult to understand in the Bible?  How do you look for answers to those questions?
  • READ: Romans 11:33-36.  What stands out to you from this passage?  How does this worshipful passage about the bigness of God point us to navigating things we do not understand?
  • As you think about the key takeaways from Romans 11 (and Romans 9-11), how do the following verse remind us about the core message Paul was trying to convey: 

Romans 1:16 

Romans 10:1 

Romans 10:9-10 

Romans 10:11-13 

  • What else stood out from this week’s sermon and passages?
  • What is your big takeaway from this week’s passages and message? 

 

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 11:6 “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.” 

PRAYER:
Spend some time praying for each other.   

Scripture References
Romans 9-11; Romans 11:1-32; 1 Kings 19; Acts 6:1-7; Deuteronomy 15:4-5; Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 1:24-25; Romans 8:28; John 15; Romans 10:9-10