Romans: A Double-Edged Bible Study

Romans: A Double-Edged Bible Study

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Get what you don't deserve. We all sin, so we must pay for our crimes. But then something happens: God intervenes. He not only saves us from certain death, but also makes it possible for us to live lives of eternal purpose. In this verse-by-verse study of the important book of Romans, learn how you can be transformed from a sinner on course to getting what you… See more details below

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Get what you don't deserve. We all sin, so we must pay for our crimes. But then something happens: God intervenes. He not only saves us from certain death, but also makes it possible for us to live lives of eternal purpose. In this verse-by-verse study of the important book of Romans, learn how you can be transformed from a sinner on course to getting what you deserve to the saint who reflects Christ's very essence in your everyday life. [series statement] God's Word slices away layers of pretense from our lives to show us how we can be more like Christ. Relevant and fast-paced, the TH1NK LIFECHANGE series is made up of in-depth book studies that help you understand the context and meaning of the Bible so you can apply it to your life. "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." --Hebrews 4:12

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612914084
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Series:
LifeChange Series, #4
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
863,290
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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romans

A DOUBLE-EDGED BIBLE STUDY

TH1NK BOOKS

Copyright © 2005 The Navigators
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-57683-850-1


Chapter One

the big picture

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

It would be difficult to study individual parts of a painting by Picasso without having seen the entire work. Can you imagine being asked to answer questions such as "What was Picasso communicating through his Two Women Running on the Beach?" when all you can see is the section showing a foot, or "How would you analyze his blue period?" when all you're given is a scrap of a blue painting? It would be a frustrating exercise because although you could make assumptions based on pieces of the paintings, you still wouldn't have the big picture.

Similarly, the first thing you've got to do before studying the book of Romans is read it-the whole thing. Like analyzing Picasso's art, unless you've experienced the entire work, your attempts to study the book will be frustrating at best.

It may take you a while to get through all sixteen chapters of Romans, so this first lesson is devoted entirely to that objective. You'll have opportunities to make comments as you read, but just concentrate on getting through the book. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, read it in a couple of different translations. Try, perhaps, the NIV (New International Version) and then The Message. That way, you'll connect with both the meanings and the feelings of the text.

Read Paul's letter to the Romans.

study

1 As you read, write down your first impressions of the book. Consider the following questions and take notes in the space that follows each.

a What themes show up? Do you notice one unifying topic throughout the book? b What is Paul's tone? Is he friendly, compassionate, funny, dry? c What words does Paul repeat? (Repetition often clues us in to the author's focus.) d What kinds of language does Paul use? Metaphors and pictures? Stories? Commands?

2 How does your first reading of Romans affect your ideas about God?

3 If you haven't already, read the introduction on pages 11-16. This will further acquaint you with Romans and show you how the book fits in with God's great gospel.

live

4 As you read the book of Romans, what affected you most? Did anything speak to a current issue in your life or to any theological struggles you may be working through? Did it help you with these issues or confuse you?

5 What questions have been prompted by your reading?

6 Write down any goals you have for your study of Romans.

connect

Talk with your group about your hopes and expectations for this study. Have someone write them down so that as you go through the study, your leader can remind you of your goals and help you hold each other accountable. Then pray together, asking God to lead your group to a deeper understanding of Him through this incredible, critical book of Scripture.

go deeper

Paul carefully organized his message to the Romans. Observe the natural breaks in his thoughts and make an outline based on what you discover. Then write a short summary for each division.

Here are the divisions the NIV suggests, but you can divide the book differently if you'd like:

1:1-7 4:1-25 8:18-27 12:1-8 1:8-17 5:1-11 8:28-39 12:9-21 1:18-32 5:12-21 9:1-29 13:1-7 2:1-16 6:1-14 9:30-10:21 13:8-14 2:17-29 6:15-23 11:1-10 14:1-15:13 3:1-8 7:1-6 11:11-24 15:14-22 3:9-20 7:7-25 11:25-32 15:23-33 3:21-31 8:1-17 11:33-36 16:1-27

memory verse of the week

Did a particular verse make you think? Is there a verse you can't get out of your head? Write it down and memorize it. Allow God's Word to permanently brand itself in your head and your heart.

(Continues...)



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