by Ben Bigaouette
- Do any of you have a story or experience like Pastor Ben’s UNO mishap where you didn’t read all of the rules to a game or the directions to a project and were left realizing you had been missing out on something pretty important the entire time?
- In Romans 10:2-3, Paul writes that the people of Israel had a zeal [or passion] for God but were trying to establish their own righteousness instead of relying on His. How can we be tempted today to establish our own righteousness before God? How can people today be ignorant or oblivious to God’s Word? Can you “know” a lot about God without actually “knowing” Him? Can Christians struggle with this too? [We can also be tempted to try to earn our salvation through our lives. We can think we need to add to our salvation that is given to us or pay God back for His forgiveness or do something extra to prove that we are worthy, but that is not grace. God claims us, forgives us, and creates new desires in us despite our sinful nature. People today can choose not to see or treat God’s Word as Ultimate Truth. Some, even Christians, can know a lot about the Bible and about God and not have a relationship with Him or see Him as their Lord and Savior]
- How does Paul contrast the “righteousness based on the law” and the “righteousness based on faith” in Romans 10:4-7? [The “righteousness based on the law” is unattainable because no one can keep God’s Law perfectly or live a perfect life. Christ has fulfilled the requirement of God’s Law for us by living the perfect life that we could not, dying in our place, and rising again so that we are set free from the Law’s requirement. The “righteousness based on faith” is trusting and receiving God’s gift to us of forgiveness and grace through what Jesus did for us.]
- In Romans 10:9, Paul says that if you “confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Why are both confessing and believing essential to salvation? [This is more than just simply saying something. You mirror what you say by what you do. You play out what you say by how you live. It can be one thing to say that Jesus is your Lord, but we all know people whose lifestyle does not match that proclamation. As the saying goes, “Our actions speak louder than our words.” The faith that is created in our lives is alive and active and should spill out into the way we love and relate to other people.]
- What are some things that stand out to you from Romans 10:14-17? What are some things essential to receiving faith in Christ? [Calling on the Lord, believing, hearing, preaching, being sent, the power of God’s Word] What are some ways that our culture and society make it difficult to hear the message of Christ?
- How does God show both His grace and His patience to humanity in Romans 10? [See Romans 10:4, Romans 10:11-13, God’s invitation and inclusion of the Gentiles in Romans 10:19-20, and God’s patience with His own Chosen People in Romans 10:21 even in their disobedience and rebellion.]
- How does Romans 10 describe how someone is saved and assured of their place in God’s family? [A person is saved through faith alone – their confession, belief, trust, and receiving of God’s gift of grace and mercy to them through Jesus Christ. See Romans 10:9-13.]