1. Paul has never met the Roman Christians, so we began with how Paul presents himself to them in his writing in v. 1.
A: Paul starts by saying that he is under the authority of Christ, he is “a servant of Christ Jesus.” What are qualities that are evident in one who is under the authority of Christ?
B: Paul then quickly describes his calling & mission: his calling is marked by God’s grace & his mission is to proclaim the good news of Christ. For Paul, evidence of God’s grace is obvious! How is God’s grace evident in your life? Why is it good to have a clear direction for the ultimate mission of your life?
2.We then talked about the promise & person of the gospel in v. 2-4.
A: In v. 2, we realize that the gospel message is found in the OT. Pastor Nate said, “The gospel is good news, but not new news.” What changes when you begin to read the Bible as one complete story of God’s redemptive work rather than two different sets of accounts describing God in completely different ways?
B: Paul also challenged the people to look to the Word of God, the “holy Scriptures” rather than rabbinical writings. Today, what are some of the other places people look for truth outside of the Bible? How has the Bible proven to be a sufficient source of truth & understanding in your life?
C: In v. 3-4, we see Paul talk about Jesus being fully man, fulfilling the OT prophecies completely, & being fully God. What happens if you neglect to believe one of these 3 qualities of Jesus?
3. Next we talked about the provision & purpose of the gospel in v. 5.
A: We see at the beginning of v. 5 that God provides grace & mission to his people. The aim of this is, “to bring about the obedience of faith”. No methods are prescribed in this passage, but the goal is clear: MAKE KNOWN CHRIST SO THAT OTHERS KNOW CHRIST. What are some of the ways the you can make known Christ right now in your life?
B: The inclusive nature of the gospel is seen in that it is for “all the nations.” How can you support gospel advancement among all the nations?
C: The purpose of the gospel advancing is “for the sake of His name.” Pastor Nate said, “God is committed to the excellence of His name & His glory alone.” Why do people struggle to believe that God is committed to accomplishing his work for his own name?
4. We then moved to the privileges of the gospel in v. 6-7.
A: We talked about the privilege of being loved by God. God loves us by demonstrating His love toward us through the work of Christ & by disciplining us so that we are changed. What are ways that you have experienced the love of Christ recently?
B: We were challenged to ask ourselves: “Do we believe & enjoy the truth that we, the people of God, are the beloved of God & belong to God by the grace of God?” Is there a part of this truth that you struggle to embrace?