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Romans
     

Romans

by Laurie Polich
 

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"The book of Romans is rich with spiritual wisdom. By studying Paul’s letter to the Romans, your students will explore everything from new life in Christ to how to live a life like Jesus. Through engaging activities and thought-provoking questions that get right to the heart of Romans, your students will see that even though Paul wrote this letter to the

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"The book of Romans is rich with spiritual wisdom. By studying Paul’s letter to the Romans, your students will explore everything from new life in Christ to how to live a life like Jesus. Through engaging activities and thought-provoking questions that get right to the heart of Romans, your students will see that even though Paul wrote this letter to the Romans, the instructions also apply to them. In 30 studies, your students will find practical applications for their life as they explore the concepts of: • Righteousness • Faith • Salvation • Sacrifice • Freedom • Friendships, and much more Written with the busy youth worker in mind, Studies on the Go: Romans provides Scriptural depth and substance to be tackled in a manageable time frame. The questions are real, down-to-earth, and straight to the point to get students quickly into Romans so they can hear God’s word on a practical level. Designed for Sunday school classes, youth groups, and small groups, this curriculum is guaranteed to get your students excited about and engaged with the Bible."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310668749
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
12/18/2009
Series:
Studies on the Go Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Romans

Studies on the Go
By Laurie Polich

Zondervan

Copyright © 2009 Laurie Polich-Short
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-66874-9


Chapter One

Will You Take The Call?

Romans 1:1-17

OVERVIEW

In the "olden" days, before cell phones, people used to make collect calls—and the experience could leave you hanging. The operator would announce your name to the person who answered the call and ask whether he or she would accept the charges. The person had to accept the charges for your call to go through. That person's response dictated the outcome of the call.

Paul's call to become a Christ-follower was a little like a collect call—at some point he had to decide whether or not he would accept the charges. When Paul refers to himself as a "servant of Christ Jesus" (v. 1), we clearly see how Paul answered his call.

This opening passage of Romans reveals that Paul isn't the only one who received God's call; God extends that same call to you and me (vv. 5-6). And there's only one way to pay the charges—by giving God your life.

SHARE

Warm-Up Qs (use one or more as needed depending on your group)

• Who calls you most frequently? Who do you wish would call you more often?

• What causes you to determine whether or not to take a call? Is there anyone you take calls from no matter what you're doing or how busy you are?

• Have you ever felt "called" to do something (i.e., led by God)? If so, what?

OBSERVE

Observation Qs

• How does Paul describe himself in v.1? What was he called to be? What was he "set apart" for?

• Who is Paul writing to? (v. 7) What are the first things he says to them? (vv. 7-8)

• Why does Paul want to see the Romans? (vv. 11-12) What does he want to happen when/if they see each other? (v. 12)

• According to Paul in vv. 16-17, what kind of righteousness does the gospel provide? Does it have to do with us—or God?

THINK

Interpretation Qs

• What do you suppose it means to be "set apart for the gospel of God"? (v. 1) Do you believe this applies only to Paul—or to all Christians?

• In v. 5, Paul says he's calling people to the "obedience that comes from faith." What do you think that means? Is it possible to have faith without obedience? Why/why not?

• What does Paul reveal about his relationship with God in vv. 8-13? What does he reveal about his relationship with the Romans?

• Why do you suppose Paul makes a point to say he's not ashamed of the gospel? (v. 16) Do you believe he had a reason for saying that? Why might Christians be ashamed of the gospel?

APPLY

Application Qs

• How consistently do you show your faith in God through your obedience? All the time, sometimes, or none of the time?

• Is there an area of your life where you need to obey God more? What would that require you to do?

• Paul shows in this passage that he lives his life totally directed by God. Do you feel God directs you in your decisions and actions?

• If part of our calling is to share our faith with others, with whom do you believe God wants you to share your faith? How can the group pray for you?

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

As a group, read the little pamphlet called My Heart, Christ's Home by Robert Boyd Munger (InterVarsity Press). Then go around the group and have your teens share which room they have the hardest time letting Christ into, and what changes they'd need to make for Christ to be more welcome there.

Day 1: Romans 1:1-4

1. What word or verse stands out to you from this passage? Why?

2. What does Paul call himself in v. 1? Do you think of yourself this way?

3. Spend time thinking today about what it means to be "set apart" for God.

Day 2: Romans 1:5-6

1. What word or verse stands out to you from this passage? Why?

2. In v. 6, to whom does Paul say God's call is extended? Do you believe you're included in this?

3. Spend time today thinking about your call—and whether or not you're living it out.

Day 3: Romans 1:7-10

1. What word or verse stands out to you from this passage? Why?

2. How does Paul say he remembers his friends in Rome? (vv. 9-10) How often do you pray for your friends?

3. Spend time remembering your friends in prayer—and think about ways to encourage them.

Day 4: Romans 1:11-13

1. What word or verse stands out to you from this passage? Why?

2. What does Paul want to give his friends in Rome? (v. 12) Do you feel this way?

3. Spend time today thinking about how you and your Christian friends can encourage each other in your faith.

Day 5: Romans 1:14-15

1. What word or verse stands out to you from this passage? Why?

2. To whom is Paul obligated to preach the gospel? (v. 14) Does this include everyone?

3. Spend time today thinking about whether or not you're sharing the gospel with others. Is there anyone in particular whom God may want you to share it with?

Day 6: Romans 1:16-17

1. What word or phrase stands out to you from this passage? Why?

2. Why does Paul say he's not ashamed of the gospel? Do you feel the same way?

3. Spend time reflecting if fear or shame has kept you from sharing your faith. After reading these verses, why should you feel confident about your faith?

Day 7: Romans 1:1-17

Read through the whole passage and write out the verse that spoke to you the most this week. Meditate on that verse today—and for an extra challenge, memorize it!

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Romans by Laurie Polich Copyright © 2009 by Laurie Polich-Short. Excerpted by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

With 15 years of youth ministry experience, Laurie Polich serves as pastor of small groups and discipleship at Ocean Hills Covenant Church, in Santa Barbara. She¹s the author of several books including Help! I'm a Small-Group Leader training curriculum and book, Studies on the Go: John, and Small Group Qs, and she speaks frequently to students and youth workers across the country.

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