BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT – JULY 27, 2011

THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS

Last week we had our second look at the Epistle to the Romans with a study of Romans 1:8-17. This week, we conclude our initial look at Romans by finishing our work on the first chapter of Romans. Please read carefully and prayerfully Romans 1:18-32 and then answer the following questions from our Bible Study Assignment from Romans:
What do you think Paul means in Romans 1:18, when writes about the “wrath of God?” Why did God have such wrath, then?
In Romans 1:19, Paul says God had made knowledge of Himself, “plain to them.” How did God make knowledge of Himself, plain? Who is the “them” in this verse?
In Romans 1:20, Paul says “men are without excuse” when it comes about knowing the invisible qualities of God’s eternal power and His divine nature. Why do you think he says there is no excuse for not knowing God? Do people who have never heard about God have an excuse for not knowing Him?
Paul indicts them by saying that “although they knew God,” they didn’t thank Him or glorify Him. What do you think Paul means when he says “knew God?” Can that same charge be made today about Christians who know Him but don’t thank and glorify Him?
In Romans 1:22, Paul says “they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” How did they become fools? Where in the Psalms is fool described?
In Romans 1:24 Paul says “God gave them over to shameful lusts”, which seems to contradict God’s nature and His love for us. What do you think “gave them over,” means?
In Romans 1: 26-27, Paul warns against homosexual behavior. In those days homosexuality was so widespread that research shows that 14 of the first 15 Roman Emperors were homosexuals! Since Jesus is never quoted as condemning homosexuality, what do you think is Paul’s basis for the criticism of homosexuality as being out of a right relationship with God?
In Romans 1:28-32, Paul gives a list of behaviors and actions that God considered wicked and evil. Name five things that Paul has listed that are unacceptable to God? Since Paul seems to equate all of these sins as just as bad as homosexuality, why do you think more criticism is made against the homosexual behavior today than against these other “sins?”
QUESTION FOR ALL: What do you think Paul means in Romans 1:32 by the phrase “approve of those who practice,” those sins then?
NEXT WEEK WE START ON THE BOOK OF GALATIANS. PLEASE READ GALATIANS CHAPTER 1.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT – JULY 20, 2011

THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS

Last week we opened our study of the Epistle to the Romans with a look at Romans 1:1-7. This week, let us continue to look at the beginning of this great work from the Apostle Paul by reading carefully and prayerfully Romans 1:8-15 and then answer the following questions from our second Bible Study Assignment from Romans:
In Romans 1:8, Paul writes that he was thankful for the Christians in Rome because “your faith is being reported all over the world.” What and where do you believe Paul is thinking about when he says “all over the world?”
In Romans 1:9-10, Paul says that he is praying for the Roman Christians even though he had never met them. Do you pray for people you don’t know personally? Can you name some?
In Romans 1:10, Paul tells them that he prays that “now at last” he would finally be able to get to Rome. Did Paul ever get to Rome? How do you know from the Scriptures?
We can almost hear Paul’s voice saying with such emotion in Romans 1:11 that “I long to see you.” Who do you think Paul wanted to see so badly in Rome? Where in the Bible can you show us who they were?
In Romans 1:12, Paul says that he and the Roman Christians would be mutually encouraged “by each other’s faith.” How do you think the faith of the Christians in Rome would encourage Paul? Are you encouraged by the faith of other Christians, today?
Paul says in Romans 1:13 that he wanted to go to Rome many times but had been “prevented from doing so until now.” Why do you think it had taken Paul so long to go to Rome?
In the NIV, Paul says in Romans 1:14, that he was indebted to the “Greeks and the non-Greeks” but the King James Version says Greeks and Barbarians! Who was Paul calling Barbarians? Why does the KJV call them such a name?
Also in Romans 1:14, Paul says he was obligated to the “wise and the foolish.” Who do you think meant by the foolish and who were the wise?
Since was Paul was clearly saying in Romans 1:14 that he was obligated to preach and teach the wise and the foolish, does the Church today seem to have that same sense of obligation to preach and teach all people? Can you give examples of yes or no?
In the NIV Paul says in Romans 1:15 that he was “eager” to see the Christian Romans and the KJV says he was “ready” to see them. Why do you think Paul was so eager and ready to see these Roman Christians?
Paul declares in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” What do you think Paul meant by this statement?
Paul quotes an Old Testament prophet when he wrote that “The just shall live by faith.” Who is the prophet and where is his quote in the Old Testament? What was the context and meaning of the quote then and for Paul?
QUESTION FOR ALL: Paul gives five pieces of evidence from Romans 1:8-15 that showed how much he was concerned about the believers in Rome. Can you summarize these five pieces of evidence? Why do you think they were so important?