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Romans – Lesson 9: New Life, New Lifestyle

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:15 – Romans 7:6


What does it mean to us to assume a new lifestyle? Do we change houses, our jobs, our friends, our clothes, our plans? Is it just a matter of how we act in Church one day out of the week, or does it affect us every day? For most Christians, the change that comes from baptism is minimal. They may have to act a little nicer to their Christian brethren to reflect their new life in Christ, but for the most part, everything remains the same. The new lifestyle spoken of

Romans – Lesson 24: Paul’s Ministry

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:14-33


Even though Paul worked with many individuals, his primary focus was to weld them into one body, the church, a new society on earth. His goal was to establish local churches that worked in harmony with its members as well as other local churches. They were all to have a unified goal of following Christ and serving each other.

As mentioned before, the local church was compared to a body with many individual parts, with each part essential to the overall performance of the body. No part was more important than any other, and all

Romans – Lesson 10: Our Inner Conflict with Sin

Scripture Reading: Romans 7:7-25


Paul talks about a real dichotomy in life from which we all suffer as Christians. We are tempted almost daily by things that we know are not right, but we don’t always make the right decisions. We know that we don’t need that extra piece of pie, but nevertheless, we may have it anyway. We may watch a movie that is overall very good but has parts in it that may be immoral, contain bad language or imply behavior that is totally inappropriate. We all know what is right from wrong but tend to see

Romans – Lesson 26: Review Summary – Chapters 9-16

Scripture Reading: Romans 9-16


Now that we have completed the remaining chapters of Romans, it is good to recall what we have discussed and see how it applies to our everyday lives. Paul has taken us from the Jews unbelief and misguided zeal to the future of Israel and its restoration. He then talks primarily to the Gentiles and shows them that they too can have a relationship with God and a home in the Kingdom of God. He talks about the pitfalls and the rewards and our attitude toward both the strong and the weak in Christ. Let

Romans – Lesson 11: The Spirit and the Flesh

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:1-17


In chapter 7 of Romans, Paul told us that we have an internal struggle with sin, even after we have been freed from the law. We, on our own, will continually struggle against our own flesh to win these battles on a daily basis. Romans chapter 8 begins with a new hope for us in waging this battle. We can only win this battle with the help of the Holy Spirit, which will provide the strength and answers that we need. Paul talks about the life-giving effects of the Spirit. The battle changes from our

Romans – Lesson 12: Glorious Conquerors

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-39


Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters, musicians and strange animals from the captured territories, together with the spoils of war that consisted of both people and material. In Romans chapter 8 Paul describes Christians as glorious conquerors, who by God’s grace overcome all forces arrayed against us. The glory we receive is not in parades or spoils, but in eternal life.

Lesson Questions:

  1. Why is it so often difficult for us as Christians to feel like a glorious conqueror? What event

Romans – Lesson 13: Review Summary – Chapters 1-8

Scripture Reading: Romans 1-8


Reviews are something with which we should be very familiar, having suffered through many during our school days, at our workplace and even at Church on occasion. Now that we have gone through the first eight chapters of Romans, it is good to recall what we have discussed and see how it applies to our everyday lives. Paul has taken us from being condemned and worthy of God’s wrath, the gift of grace, the hope of faith, the frustration of having to deal with our carnal natures, and finally the hope that we have for

Romans – Lesson 14: The Potter and His Clay

Scripture Reading: Romans 9:1-29


Paul uses strong dialogue in talking to the Jews about their unbelief in following after Jesus. The Jews seemed to feel that they were already saved due to their birthright (of the lineage of Abraham). He tells them that the children of God are those who follow after Jesus and His teachings. Paul also emphasizes that you cannot attain this relationship through baptism, church membership, confirmation or any other works. We are saved by grace, not by birth or works. We are still to do the works, but not so we can earn

Romans – Lesson 15: Misguided Zeal


For 15 centuries the Jews had followed the Mosaic Law, the Levitical priesthood, and all the practices associated with them. Now, Jesus has come to change all these things and institute new practices centered around Him. All these old things are no longer necessary, and the center of their faith should no longer be with old practices, but instead, be concentrated on the words of Jesus and His ministry. Giving up these long-established traditions is hard.

Paul is telling them that a new revolution has taken place and that an entirely new manner of life has been set

Romans – Lesson 16: Future of Israel

Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-14


For centuries the people of Israel awaited their Messiah. But when He came, very few believed in Him. This situation has persisted to the point where Christianity is now considered a gentile religion. What happened to God’s promises and plans for Israel? Has God rejected His people?

In this chapter we get further insight about the rejection of Christ by Israel and the consequences. Only a remnant it appears would remain, being replaced by the Gentiles who accepted Jesus and followed His teachings. Paul preaches the riches of Christ to the Gentiles so