God's Gift of Righteousness: 04 - It Changes Everything

Week 4 questions:

  • In 5:1, Paul writes that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  What does that mean to you?

  • In 5:2, Paul talks about the “grace in which we stand”.  With these words, what is he trying to tell us?

  • How can our sufferings bring joy to us?

  • How does God’s love produce hope in your life?

  • In 5:6-11, we are told that Christ died for the ungodly, the sinner, and his enemies.  These terms characterize us.   What motivates this kind of love?

  • In 5:21, how does grace reign through righteousness and what does word “reign” imply about grace?

God's Gift of Righteousness: 03 - Three Great Words

Week 3 Questions: Romans 3:21-4:25

  • In 3:21, the two words “but now” mark a turning point in Romans. How so?

  • In 3:21-26, three great Christian words (or concepts) are mentioned: justification, redemption and propitiation. Do you understand how each of these important concepts apply to you? How are they received into your life?

  • In 3:26, how had God passed over former sins and how does this show his righteousness in the present time?

  • In 3:27, what are some sources of our boasting? Is there any basis for our boasting?

  • How do you personally define the kind of faith that Paul is talking about in 3:21-31?

  • In 3:31, how does our faith uphold the law?

  • How does the example of Abraham in chapter 4 demonstrate the principles Paul discusses in 3:21-31?

  • Why was Abraham’s faith counted to him as righteousness? How does this apply to us?

God's Gift of Righteousness: 02 - Desperately in Need of Grace

Romans 1:18-3:21

  • Why does Paul say that God’s wrath is revealed against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men?

  • What are some excuses we make for our lack of belief in God?

  • What are the consequences for our lack of belief?

  • How do our bad choices become a “slippery slope”?

  • Why do we so quickly judge others?

  • Why is true repentance so important?

  • In Romans 2:6-10, Paul demonstrates that there are two pathways for us to follow.  Which one are you traveling?

  • A thought question for you from Romans 2:11-29:  Of what value is circumcision for the Jew or by direct application to us--baptism for the Christian?

  • Have you honestly come to terms in your own heart with why you so desperately need God’s grace?

God’s Gift of Righteousness: 01

First Week Questions (Romans 1:1-17) 

  • Paul identifies himself in 1:1.   Why are the words that he uses to do this important?

  • Any thoughts about Paul’s brief description of the gospel in 1:2-6? 

  • What reasons did Paul give for wanting to visit Rome in 1:8-14?

  • Why would Paul say that he is not ashamed of the gospel in 1:16?

  • What does Paul mean when says the gospel is the “power of God” that brings salvation to everyone who believes in 1:16?

  • Why does Paul say “first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” in 1:16?

  • How does the gospel reveal the “righteousness of God” in 1:17?