Week of May 26

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 20: The Gospel ABC’s, PHONES, FEET and TREES – Romans 10:1-17
In Romans 10 we see the basics of the Gospel and the urgency of the Gospel.  Everyone needs to hear, everyone needs to respond, and everyone needs to tell others the Good News of Jesus. 

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  • What is the best news you’ve heard lately?
  • Who shared the Gospel, the good news of Jesus, with you?
  • READ:  Romans 10:1-17. 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?   
  •  Doug talked about the Gospel ABC’s based on Romans 10:9-10.  Briefly discuss each one and what you think it means: 

A = ADMIT = Admit that you are a sinner 

B = BELIEVE = Believe in the risen Jesus and what Jesus has done for you 

C = COMMIT = your life to follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior 

  •  How does Doug’s illustration of a PHONE help you understand how we call on God for salvation.  Doug talked about the Gospel Good News of Jesus means we need to call God and we can because of Jesus.  God’s phone number for us to connect with Him is J-E-S-U-S.  What do you think that means?
  • If you have connected with God by faith through Jesus, briefly tell your story of how you started a relationship with Jesus.
  • The big point of this week was when we think about the Gospel, EVERYONE needs to hear and EVERYONE needs to TELL others.  Have you ever tried sharing the Gospel with others?  How did it go?
  • What keeps you from sharing the Gospel with others?
  • What could you do to start intentionally reaching out to others with the Gospel.(Example: pray, build relationships, learn how to do it, practice, etc.)
  • *OPTIONAL: READ Mark 4:1-20, Jesus’ parable of the Sower and the Seed. 

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?   

  •  Doug said, a big takeaway for him from this parable is 1) I need to respond to Jesus and God’s Word and make sure my heart is “good soil”, and 2) “If you want to see more trees, you need to plant more seeds.”  Think about how you can accept Doug’s challenge to share the Gospel and plant more seeds, praying and seeking to reach more people with the Good News of Jesus.
  • What else stood out from this week’s sermon and passages?
  • What is your big takeaway from this week’s passages and message? 

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 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

Spend some time praying for each other.   

 Scripture References
Romans 1:14-16; Romans 15:20; Romans 10:1-17; Isaiah 52:7; John 14:6; Jeremiah 29:12; Mark 4:1-20