THE BOOK OF ROMANS OF CHAPTER 7 and 8
Here in Week Forty-two, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, we continue our study of the book of Romans. This week we study Romans Chapters 7 and 8 and the relationship between law and sin, and living in the Spirit. Please read Romans Chapters 7 and 8 and answer the following questions:
1. What do you think Paul means in Romans 7:1 when he says the law only applies to the living?
2. What do you think Paul means in Romans 7:2 when he says that the law kept a woman bound to her husband for as long as he was alive? Does that law apply today? Are there exceptions in the Bible to a wife belonging to her husband for as long as he is alive?
3. What does Paul mean when he said in Romans 7:3 that a divorced woman is committing adultery if she marries another man while her ex-husband is still alive? In cases of domestic abuse is the woman obligated to stay married to her abuser? Is she guilty of adultery if she divorces the abuser and marries a man who does not abuse her?
4. What are the “good deeds” or “good fruit” that Paul is talking about in Romans 7:4?
5. What does Paul mean in Romans 7:4 when he says, “you died to the law”? Is dying to the law in Chapter 7 the same as dying to sin in Chapter 6?
6. In Romans 7:7, do you think Paul is saying that the law was sinful?
7. In Romans 7:7-13 Paul describes sin almost as though it were a person. Where in Romans 7:7-13 does Paul summarize what sin did to him through the law?
8. Two years ago, Pastor Rivers preached a sermon called “World War Me.” How does Paul, in Romans 7:14-25 explain this internal war? Has this internal conflict ever happened to you?
9. How does Paul say he was able to end World War Me? Will Paul’s discovery help you, too?
10. Which verse in Romans Chapter 8 gives the thesis or summary statement for the whole chapter?
11. Which of the following statements show what we get from “living in the Spirit” as Paul describes in Romans 8:2-14?
a. Gives us life and peace
b. Makes us right with God
c. Makes us children of God
d. All of the above
12. What do you think Paul means by the phrase “Abba, Father” in Romans 8:15?
13. Romans 8:18 is a very well known Scripture, but what does it mean?
14. Romans 8:22 is a beautifully worded verse but what does it mean?
15. Did you know before reading Romans 8:26 that the Holy Spirit prays for us?
16. Romans 8:27-30 is a great example of systematic theology. Can you explain why?
17. Romans 8:31 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible. Now that you have read it in its proper context how would you explain this verse to a new Christian?
18. How does Romans 8:35 reassure us that even though we may be allowed to suffer, Jesus still loves us?
19. Which Psalm is Paul quoting in Romans 8:36?
20. Romans 8:38 might be even better known than Romans 8:31. Now that you have read Romans 8:38 in its proper context how would you explain it to a teenager in the church who is going through difficulties or trials?
21. How is Romans 8:39 confirmed by what we learned in the Book of Revelation?
PLEASE READ ROMANS CHAPTER 9, 10 & 11 FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014, AS WE STUDY THE CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS.