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Romans – Lesson 3: The Judgment of God

Scripture Reading: Romans 2:1-29


When we think of judgment, we often think about our Nations’ form of judicial laws and procedures which are at best flawed. There are just too many ways in which a criminal can either avoid or escape punishment and often times the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Compare this to the judgment of God in which the punishment has already been established; the Judge is a righteous judge, and there is no escaping from what we have done. Another difference is that we have an advocate in Christ, who knows our hearts and minds, and

Romans – Lesson 19: Fellowship and Love

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-21


Sometimes we feel that as Christians we are truly on our own, especially if our faith has drawn us away from our own family and friends.  We truly need fellowship with like believers to help us to survive in this world full of trials and tribulations.  That fellowship comes from our local church organization.

However, that local church may not treat us any different than our job, our neighbors, our society.  It should be a place that we can go to and feel at home, where we can share our troubles, where we

Romans – Lesson 4: The Final Verdict

Scripture Reading: Romans 3:1-20


What do you believe would be the final verdict on our lives if we were left to determine where we stood? If it was based solely upon your quality of life and the level of obedience to God, how do you think that you would fare? In Romans 3:1-20 Paul talks about the advantage that the Jews had over other peoples, and yet how they all fell short. We have all sinned, both the Jews and the Greeks, and therefore we all fall short in many ways that would seem to make the outcome for

Romans – Lesson 20: Submitting to Government

Scripture Reading: Romans 13:1-14


Civil authority today is oftentimes viewed as something oppressive and evil, not something that we should submit to and respect.  Paul was a Roman citizen and used that citizenship for his benefit on a couple of occasions, causing fear in his jailers and avoiding trial by the Jewish leaders.  In Romans 13 he speaks about civil authority as something God has ordained and controls, and therefore we should submit to it and show it proper respect.

But what if that authority is no longer based upon the principles of God, but instead upon evil and

Romans – Lesson 5: Being Right with God

Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21-31


Having proclaimed us to be condemned and guilty and worthy of the wrath of God, what comes next in Romans 3 is amazing in its revelation and hope. We see the true righteousness of God and His nature as a loving and caring God. These verses change our outlook from death to life, from bondage to freedom, from condemned to pardoned. These verses are some of the most important verses in the entire Bible and we must spend some time analyzing what they mean for us now and our future. We must understand fully the

Romans – Lesson 21: Self-Righteousness

Scripture Reading: Romans 14:1-12


In the late 1800s, robed choirs were considered worldly by some Christians.  More recently bowling, reading novels and drinking coffee or tea have been severely condemned.  Even chewing gum has come under attack.

The Bible contains many clear commands.  But it is also silent or ambiguous about many moral issues.  These “gray” areas have always been a source of dispute and conflict among Christians, even though the specific areas of dispute change from time to time.  What principles should guide us when our actions are criticized by others or when we feel critical toward them?

Romans – Lesson 6: Abraham and the Power of Faith

Scripture Reading: Romans 4:1-25


Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the faith chapter, using both definition and examples to define what faith is. Romans 4 states Abraham as an example of someone who used his faith, not his inheritance or circumcision, to accomplish much and obey God without question. We sometimes feel hopeless, facing situations that appear beyond hope. Our natural response during such times is often despair and even depression. Abraham knew what it meant to face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. He could have felt hopeless, yet somehow found a renewed reason to hope. It was through the

Romans – Lesson 22: To Eat or Not to Eat

Scripture Reading: Romans 14:13-23


Our goal to be a part of the Kingdom of God is the believer’s concern, not pleasure.  The Kingdom is not eating and drinking: that is, it is not concerned with external matters but with the heart.  It is not a sin to abstain from food and drink and questionable practices, therefore, the believer must readily stay away from anything that will grieve or cause others to stumble.  The Kingdom of God is righteousness, being and doing what is right, establishing and maintaining the highest possible good with God and man.  We need to be

Romans – Lesson 7: Rejoicing in the Lord

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-21


Rejoicing in the Lord is something that we all wish that we did more of, but generally, reserve for special occasions. Mostly we are sometimes just too busy to stop and take the time to rejoice. Romans 5 gives us some very special reasons to rejoice in all that we do, to take the time to remember where joy really comes from and to make the effort even when we are suffering some trying times. It is amazing how quickly we can forget the feeling that rejoicing in the Lord provides for us. As we

Romans – Lesson 23: Unity, Hope, and Praise

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:1 -13


You deserve the best.  Look out for number one.  Pamper yourself.  These are the watchwords of our age.  But in this chapter, Paul urges us to stop gazing at our own reflection.  For the first time in Romans, he holds up the example of Christ, the one who embodies all the qualities God desires in us.

The way that Christ acted, the Christ who although He was strong yet for our sakes became weak, is the way that the strong must also act toward those whose own faith is weak.  This chapter is devoted