Receive + Communion with God
Read Romans 10:12
Romans 10:12 - There is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Spend some time in prayer giving God glory, honor, and thanks.
Relate + Community with others
What stuck with you from Sunday’s teaching? Why?
Can you name some groups you belong to in order to feel different from others? Does belong to the group ever make you feel superior to those outside the group?
What is the difference between being “special” and being “superior”?
How did having “the Law” (the very words of God) make the Jews special? How was it an advantage? How was it not an advantage?
How is Israel’s relationship with the Law like the church’s relationship with the Bible in terms of being special, or superior?
Read Romans 2:13-15 (MSG) - “When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God’s law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no, right and wrong.”
What is this saying about what God is up to with all people, even those beyond our faith group?
When we think of Romans 3:23 (“All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.”) in terms of individual salvation, it is still true. But Paul was writing in terms of “both” - both groups (Jews/Gentiles) are in the same boat. How does this shift the application of this truth to how we might live?
A Key Idea from this teaching is that there is no difference between Gentiles and Jews (or between any groups) when it comes to access and standing before God. God has a plan to reach and redeem us. And Jesus is the way God is going to do this. 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.”
Respond + Commission to action
Read Romans. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1&version=NIV
Download the YouVersion Bible App if you have a smartphone. Read Romans, or have the App read it to you!
Begin seeing others as creatures of God. Other groups. Enemies. Neighbors. God is up to something and has not given up on any of us. Pray for them. Serve them. Love them in practical ways so you can get in on what God is up to and stay close to