May 13-May 20, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 4:18-25

SUMMARY

Abraham believed God. Romans 4:21 says that he was “fully convinced that God was able to [make him the father of many nations]” in the face of seemingly impossible odds. When he considered his body (which was as good as dead) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, “no unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God.” That, Paul says, “is why his faith was counted to him as righteousness.” In the same way, righteousness is counted to us who believe in Jesus, who although died for our sin, was made alive for our justification.

In your CG this week, talk about believing God. Spend time also with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Hebrews 11:1-7 T: Hebrews 11:8-16 W: Hebrews 11:17-28 TH: Hebrews 11:29-40

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read Hebrews 11:1. What truth(s) do you need to submit to by faith? 

CONFESS:
According to Romans 4:23-25, what are we hoping for as the faithful? Like Abraham, are you growing in your faith? Are you fully convinced concerning the gospel? 

PRAY:
Pray for children in foster care. Pray that God would place them in households of the faithful that they may be exposed to the gospel.

 

 

May 6-May 12, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 4:9-17

SUMMARY

How great a blessing we have in Jesus—such a great salvation that even angels long to look into it (1 Peter 1:10-12)! We have our sins imputed, or counted, to Jesus and his righteousness imputed to us. We have a beautiful inheritance. And the wonderful thing of it all? This salvation rests solely on grace and not by any work of our own. 

In your CG this week, talk about the blessing of righteousness. Spend time also with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 4:7-17 T: Ephesians 1:3-14 W: Galatians 3:10-18 TH: Isaiah 6:1-8

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read
Galatians 3:10-18. What truth(s) do you need to submit to by faith? 

CONFESS:
Confess how one is justified according to Galatians 3:10-18. Is there a gospel presentation in this text that you could confess in evangelism? 

PRAY:
Pray for your neighbors. Pray that God would help you tell of our performing God.

 

 

April 29-May 5, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 4:1-8

SUMMARY

In persuading his Jewish brothers as to the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus in Romans 4, Paul appeals to Abraham, Moses, and David—three arch-forefathers of the Jewish people. Through the quoting of Moses, he states clearly that Abraham was credited righteousness through faith rather than through works. And by quoting David, he emphasizes how this righteousness is a blessing—the exact opposite of a wage. 

In your CG this week, talk about the blessing of righteousness. Spend time also with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 4:1-8 T: Psalms 32:1-11 W: Acts 15:1-33 TH: Ephesians 2:8-9

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read Acts 15:6-11. What truth(s) do you need to submit to by faith? 

CONFESS:
Confess any way you have been trusting in yourself, or working for your righteousness. Confess Romans 4:7-8 and praise God for this blessing.

PRAY:
Pray for world leaders. Pray that God would grant righteousness to them through faith. Pray that all nations would be transformed by the gospel. 

 

 

April 22-April 28, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 3:25b-31

SUMMARY

It has been said, that when the word sin is spelled out, the “i” is always in the middle. This is a great analogy for us. For when we sin it is all about “I”. Our wants, our needs, our desires trump God’s will.

For just one manifestation, or acting out of this sin, we justly deserve God’s wrath. The good news, however, is that God put forward Jesus as a propitiation, a wrath exhausting substitute. This sacrifice was a demonstration of God’s righteousness. By Jesus being put to death on the cross, justice was served and justification was packaged for all who would receive it by faith.  

In your CG this week, talk about the death of Christ. Spend time also with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 5:8 T: Romans 6:23 W: 2 Corinthians 5:21 TH: Ephesians 2:8-9

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read Ephesians 2:8-9. What truth(s) do you need to submit to by faith? 

CONFESS:
Confess any way you have boasted in yourself in regards to righteousness. Then confess who really is to praise for your righteousness. See 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

PRAY:
Pray for Rowlett. Pray that God would show his righteousness to the lost through his church. Pray that our city would be transformed by the gospel. 

 

 

April 15-April 21, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 3:21-25a

SUMMARY

“The Bible uses a strange word to describe what Christ did for us when He drank the cup of God’s wrath in our place: propitiation…I believe a word that forcefully captures the essence of Jesus’ work of propitiation is the word exhausted. Jesus exhausted the wrath of God. It was not merely deflected and prevented from reaching us; it was exhausted. Jesus bore the full, unmitigated brunt of it. God’s wrath against sin was unleashed in all its fury on His beloved Son. He held nothing back.”

In your CG this week, discuss propitiation. Spend time also with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 1:16-18 T: Romans 3:21-25a W: Isaiah 53:4-5 TH: Galatians 2:16-21

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read Isaiah 53:4-5. What truth(s) do you need to submit to by faith? 

CONFESS:
Confess if you are still trying to be justified by works. Confess, according to Romans 3:23-25a how a person is truly justified.   

PRAY:
Pray for the nations. Pray for the people of London, Congo, and Dubai. Pray for our missionaries (Rigneys, Rwegos, and Tardys) to be able to share the good news of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone.

 

 

April 8-April 14, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 3:9-20

SUMMARY

In Luke 18:9–14, Jesus "told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:” 

[10] Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. [11] The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. [12] I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.” [13] But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

In your CG this week, discuss this parable. Spend time also with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 3:9-20 T: Romans 3:21-26 W: Psalm 14:1-3 TH: Matthew 9:35-38

HEAR AND OBEY:
In the parable above, what truth(s) do you need to submit to by faith? 

CONFESS:
Confess one:
How are you like the Pharisee?
How are you like the tax collector?
How are you justified and counted righteous before God?  

PRAY:
Pray for the lost. Share with your group people to whom you are witnessing. 

________________________________________________________ (What’s their name?)

Pray specifically for them.

 

 

April 1-April 7, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 3:1-8

SUMMARY

God is just and righteous, even in his administration of wrath upon the Jew. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and [all, Jew and Gentile] are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24). Through Jesus’ virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death, victorious resurrection, and heavenly ascension, sinners receive, by faith alone, salvation.

In your CG this week, stir one another up to love and good works for the sake of the elect who have not yet received salvation. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 3:1-9 T: Matthew 9:35-38 W: Isaiah 55:6-7 TH: Philippians 2:1-11

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read Isaiah 55:6-7. What truths do you need to submit to by faith? Does this passage provoke you toward evangelism to the sheep without a shepherd? 

CONFESS:
Confess to one another your struggle with evangelism. Confess your only hope for salvation. Can you use that and your personal experience of God’s grace as you seek to share the gospel?  

PRAY:
Pray for the lost. Share with your group people you are witnessing to. Pray specifically for them. Pray also for Chad in London, Kenneth in Congo, and Jordan in Dubai. Pray also that you would have an urgency to share the gospel with the lost.

 

 

March 25-March 31, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 2:17-29

SUMMARY

Even for the most religious Jew, salvation from the wrath of God is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. "The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom [we are] the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15). And we have received this mercy so that Jesus might show off his perfect patience as an example to the lost. The world does not need to witness an external righteousness from us. They need to witness someone who daily experiences the grace of the King of the ages. 

In your CG this week, talk about faith in Jesus. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. Allow the Scriptures to strengthen your faith and grow in you an even greater dependence on Christ—the righteous. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 2:17-29 T: Matthew 23:1-39 W: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 TH: Philippians 3:1-11

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read 1 Timothy 1:12-17. What truth do you need to submit to by faith?

CONFESS:
A good example of religious hypocrisy is found in Matthew 23:1-39. In what ways are you a hypocrite? In what ways do you teach others what is right but do wrong yourself? Confess 1 Timothy 1:15-16. Fully accept this saying and let Jesus display his perfect patience through you sinners.  

PRAY:
Pray Philippians 3:9-11. Pray also for the unrighteous. Pray that as you boast in the Lord, they will likewise come to receive the righteousness that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

 

March 18-March 24, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 2:6-16

SUMMARY

Salvation is by works. Paul says, “There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek." Yet it is not our works that save us, but the works of Another—Jesus Christ, who was patient in well-doing and earned ‘glory and honor and immortality,’ ‘eternal life,’ and ‘peace’ for us. For thirty-three years he was perfectly patient in well-doing, earning a perfect record for us. Then, on Calvary he received the ‘wrath and fury’ and ‘tribulation and distress’ we deserve” (Elyse Fitzpatrick). By faith in Him are we saved. 

In your CG this week, talk about faith in Jesus. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. Allow the Scriptures to grow in you an even greater dependence on Christ—the righteous. 

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 2:6-16 T: Romans 1:16-17 W: 1 Peter 1:3-9 TH: Romans 3:23-26

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read 1 Peter 1:7. What is it that results in praise and glory and honor?

CONFESS:
Do you believe that salvation is completely by faith in Jesus or do you try to contribute to your salvation? Confess how you sinned and fell short of the glory of God this last week*…you know…just to keep you from thinking you’re righteous in yourself. Confess how you are completely dependent on Jesus for “glory, honor, and peace.”
*
If you need help pinpointing sin, read through Matthew 5:21-48.

PRAY:
Pray Romans 1:16-17. Thank God for the righteousness we have in Jesus. Ask for God to destroy any confidence in yourself for salvation and for complete confidence in Christ. Pray for your lost friends who do not know Jesus. 

 

March 11-March 17, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 2:1-5

SUMMARY

God is kind and patient. He is merciful and gracious. But God is also just. God’s righteous judgement will fall on those who practice unrighteousness, on those who do not repent and believe the gospel. For those who believe the gospel, God justifies, or makes righteous.

In your CG this week, talk about God’s judgement and God’s justification. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts. Let the Scriptures burden you for the still objects of God’s judgement and wrath—may you take the gospel to them in response to these passages. And let God’s word also give you security in your justification.

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 1:28-32 T: Romans 2:1-5 W: Hebrews 10:26-31 TH: Romans 3:23-26

HEAR AND OBEY:
Read Romans 1:28-2:5 as a whole. What do those who practice such things rightly deserve? Since you practice the very same things, what do you deserve?

CONFESS:
Look again at Romans 1:28-32. How do you still participate in these things? Confess also Romans 3:23-26. What are truths found in these four verses?

PRAY:
Thank the Father for the gift of justification, grace, and redemption that is in his Son, Christ Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit would fill you to take this good news of salvation to sinners. Pray that God would make his appeal through you to be reconciled to himself through Jesus Christ.
 

March 4-March 10, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:24-32

SUMMARY

The unrighteous’ unrighteousness originates from their worship and service to the creature rather than the Creator. Because they are deprived of the truth, they are depraved in their minds. They “do what ought not to be done,” rightly deserving God’s wrath. 

In your CG this week, talk about God’s mercy and grace. Remember how the gospel is the power of God for salvation (and transformation) to everyone who believes. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 1:16-17 T: Romans 1:18-32 W: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 TH: Psalm 100:1-5

HEAR AND OBEY:
According to Romans 1:16-17, the ________________ is the power of God for _________________ to __________________ who believes. How does hearing and obeying/believing this truth motivate you to evangelism?

CONFESS:
Look at Romans 1:28-32. How do you still participate in these things? All of these things make you a rightful recipient of God’s wrath. But look also at 1 Timothy 1:12-17. Adopt this as your personal confession.

PRAY:
Since God has saved you to “display [Jesus Christ’s] perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life,” pray for that person you’re sharing the gospel with regularly. Pray that ________________ would come to believe in Jesus for righteousness and for eternal life.

 

February 25-March 3, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:22-23

SUMMARY

Those who, suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, claim to be wise. In claiming to be wise, they are, in fact, fools. Because they are fools they exchange immortality for mortality, the eternal for the temporal, and glory for that which comes to have no glory at all. 

In your CG this week, talk about how you were once (and still are) like “they.” Discuss true wisdom. And let the wonder of being called from darkness to light and having experienced the glory of the immortal God grow your compassion for the lost sheep without a shepherd. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

SCRIPTURES:

M: Proverbs 1:2-7 T: John 17:24-26 W: Matthew 9:35-36 TH: Romans 1:18-23

HEAR AND OBEY:
According to Proverbs 1:2-7, from where do we get wisdom? What all do we obtain from the Word of God? 

CONFESS:
In John 17:24-26, we see what made Jesus so compassionate for the lost, for the sheep without a shepherd. He knew the Father. He had experienced his love from “before the foundation of the world.” Confess how the intimacy or the distance you have with the Father affects your compassion for the still lost objects of God’s wrath. Confess this also: “Father, you loved me [from] before the foundation of the world.”

PRAY:
Pray for an ever-increasing humility, in that you have not “arrived.” Pray for the things in Proverbs 1:2-7. And pray that you would grow closer to the Lord so that you would grow more compassionate for the lost.

 

February 18-February 24, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:19-21

SUMMARY

Everyone is being discipled either in the darkness or the light. Therefore, everyone is growing in either the darkness or the light. 

In your CG this week, talk about discipleship. How are you growing in the light, or in the truth, as a believer? As you go throughout your days, how do you bring the light to those who are still in darkness? How do you bring the light to those who are in the light? Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 1:18-32 T: Psalm 1:1-6 W: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 TH: Ephesians 4:17-24

HEAR AND OBEY:
According to Ephesians 4:17-24, what are we to not do? Why? What are we to do? Why?

CONFESS:
Confess how you still, daily, suppress the truth of God. Confess how you still, daily, participate in ungodliness or unrighteousness? Confess how you are still, daily, a sinner. Confess 1 Timothy 1:15-16. To whom can you display Jesus Christ’s perfect patience?

PRAY:
Pray Psalm 1:1-6. Praise God for calling you out of darkness into the light. Pray earnestly for the Lord to grant you a compassion for those still “darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart” (Eph. 4:18). 

February 11-February 17, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:18

SUMMARY

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies (or goodness) of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:9). Once you were an object of God’s wrath, but now you are a beloved child. 

In your CG this week, proclaim the goodness of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 1:18-23 T: John 3:16-36 W: Ephesians 5:5-8 TH: Romans 1:18-23

HEAR AND OBEY:
What did you hear from the Scriptures? What truth must you receive by faith? How can these truths produce in you a compassion for those still in darkness?

CONFESS:
Confess your tendency to exclude yourself from verses like Romans 1:18-23. Confess how you were just like “they”. Confess the excellencies of him who graciously called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Confess the truth, that by God’s grace, you no longer suppress. 

PRAY:
Thank God for saving you. Pray for a compassion for those still in darkness, still objects of God’s wrath, still sheep without a shepherd. Pray that God would deliver __________________ (insert name) from Satan, sin, and death.

February 4-February 10, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:16-17

SUMMARY

The gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

In your CG this week, talk about the gospel. Examine yourself to see if you are in actuality ashamed of the gospel. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

SCRIPTURES:

M: Romans 5:6-8 T: Ephesians 2:1-10 W: 1 Corinthians 1:18 TH: Romans 1:18

HEAR AND OBEY:
What did you hear from the Scriptures concerning the gospel? What truth must you receive by faith? What truth must you declare by faith in evangelism (or sharing the gospel)?

CONFESS:
Confess your shame in the gospel. Confess your cowardice in opening your mouth to share the gospel. Confess your unbelief in the gospel. Or, confess personal testimony to how to gospel is the power of God for salvation. Confess how God has used you to boldly share the gospel with another. Confess your belief in the gospel.

PRAY:
Thank God for the gospel and for saving you through the gospel. Thank God for the person who boldly shared the gospel with you and was used to bring you to faith. Thank God for salvation. Pray that God would help your unbelief in the gospel. Pray for your lost friend. You are obligated to share the gospel with them. Pray that words would be given to you by God when you open your mouth to boldly to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

January 28-February 3, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:8-15

SUMMARY

Our activity should align with our identity. This week, we were reminded how we are slaves of Christ Jesus our Lord. And we saw from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, slave activity.  

In your CG this week, continue to talk about your identity as a slave of Christ and the activity that should rightly flow from your identity. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

HEAR AND OBEY:
What did you hear from the Scriptures below concerning the activity of your identity? 

CONFESS:
Confess how you forgot your identity in Christ this week. How was your activity affected? Confess to each other and to the Lord, persuade one another, that you have been made a slave of Christ Jesus our Lord to be used for His glory and His purposes. Use the Scriptures below to aid you in your confession.

PRAY:
Thank the Father for divinely persuading you of his Son. Thank him for bringing you under the loving Lordship of Jesus. Beg the Father that you would be a good slave of his Son and not lose focus of the work and mission of making disciples. Pray for the unreached and the lost. Pray that they would come to be persuaded by God through your witness to the gospel. Pray that God would, daily, help you remember who you are.

SCRIPTURES

Read Romans 1:8-15.
Read 1 Peter 1:13-23.
Read Acts 20:17-24.
Read Romans 1:16-17.

January 21-January 27, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:1-7

SUMMARY

We are who we are because of God’s provision of grace. Along with the grace of God, we have also been recipients of a purpose. We are recipients of both salvation and mission—“to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations.” 

In your CG this week, continue to talk about who you are and why you are here. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

HEAR AND OBEY:
What did you hear from the Scriptures below concerning your identity
and purpose? 

CONFESS:
Confess how you forget the two together and solely focus on either your identity or purpose. How is remembering both better? Confess to each other and to the Lord, the truth of who you are and why you are here. Use the Scriptures below to aid you in your confession.

PRAY:
Thank the Father for reconciling you to himself and giving you the ministry of reconciliation. Pray for the unreached and the lost. Pray that they would come to be reconciled to God through your ministry. Pray that God would, daily, help you remember who you are and why you’re here.

SCRIPTURES

Read Romans 1:1-7.
Read Ephesians 2:8-10.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-20.
Read Romans 1:1-7.

January 14-January 20, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:1-7

SUMMARY

We are who we are because of the gospel God promised “through his prophets in the holy Scriptures concerning his Son,” Christ Jesus—fully God and fully man.

[15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

[21] And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, [22] he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, (Colossians 1:15–22 ESV) 

In your CG this week, talk about the hypostatic union* of Christ Jesus. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

* “The hypostatic union is the mysterious joining of the divine and the human in the one person of Jesus” (David Mathis). For more on this topic, visit https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-is-the-hypostatic-union

HEAR AND OBEY:
What did you hear from the Scriptures below concerning Jesus? Why is it important that Jesus be fully God and fully man in one person?

CONFESS:
Confess how you blur the
hypostatic union of Jesus? What is the danger of making him more man than God or God than man? What is the danger of making him two persons (God and man) rather that the one person he is? Repent and confess who he is. Jesus is one person, fully man, fully God. Use Colossians 1:15-22 to aid you in your right confession. 

PRAY:
Thank the Father for who you are because of who his Son, Christ Jesus is—fully God and fully man. Pray that the Holy Spirit would conform you more to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for the unreached and the lost. Pray that they would come to be reconciled to God through your witness to this God-man. 

SCRIPTURES

Read Romans 1:1-7.
Read Colossians 2:9.
Read Hebrews 4:15.
Read Romans 1:1-7.

January 7-January 13, 2018

SCRIPTURE

Romans 1:1-7

SUMMARY

The story goes:

Many centuries ago in the land of Israel, one of the early rabbis was returning home from a long day in the House of Study. It was later than usual, and as he walked home, the sun set. Lost deep in thought, he took the left fork instead of the right when the path split. Instead of nearing home, he ended up by a Roman outpost.

“Who goes there?” boomed a deep voice in the dark, shaking him from his thoughts. Confused, the rabbi tried to figure out who this was at his home.

“Who are you and what are you doing here?” the voice called again as the Roman centurion now stepped into view.

The rabbi quickly realized the mistake that he must have made. Instead of answering the centurion’s questions, he replied, “How much are you paid to stand here every day?”

“Three drachma,” replied the centurion.

“I see,” said the rabbi. “I will pay you twice as much to stand in front of my door and ask me the same questions every single day.

Though the centurion remained at his post, the rabbi often told this story to his students. He reminded them that though we spend much time trying to come up with the right answers, we don’t spend hardly enough time coming up with the right questions.

Who are you and what are you doing here? Understanding who you are and why you are here is vitally important, as a Christian, or follower of Christ. In Romans 1:1, we saw who Paul was and what he was doing here, or his identity statement. He was:

  • a servant of Christ Jesus
  • called to be an apostle
  • set apart for the gospel of God

It is safe to say that, along with the Holy Spirit, having a clear answer to just these two questions made Paul an extremely, focused, fruitful, and effective follower of Christ.  

In your CG this week, begin answering these two questions. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

HEAR AND OBEY:
What answers did you hear to these two questions from these texts? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus come? Who are you? Why are you here? 

CONFESS:
Confess how often you forget who you are and why you are here. Confess how such forgetfulness causes you to lose focus of Christ or the set apart life to which he has called you. Confess how forgetting makes you ineffective and unfruitful. But also, confess the reality of who you are, Christian. What verse(s) do you cling to for your identity in Christ? 

PRAY:
Pray that God would give you understanding as to who you are and why you are here. Pray that you would remember and that your life would be fitting to your identity in Christ. Pray for your unbelieving friends—that God would reveal himself to them through your witness so that they too would be reconciled to God. 

SCRIPTURES

Read Romans 1:1-7.

Read Mark 2:13-17.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Read Romans 1:1-7.
 

November 26-December 2, 2017

SCRIPTURE

Romans 11:33-36

SUMMARY

C3 believes God is the source of all blessing, temporal and spiritual. All that we are and have…we owe to Him. As a Christian, we are in debt spiritually to the rest of the world, because we are now a trustee of the Gospel (Romans 1:14-15). God has set us free from bondage to serve Him with our time, talents, and material possessions, which have been entrusted to us by God for the use of His glory and for helping others (Malachi 3:8-12). Christians should contribute out of their means cheerfully, worshipfully, regularly, and liberally for the advancement of the Kingdom (2 Corinthians 9:6-9) (C3Rowlett.com/what-we-believe). 

In your CG this week, talk about what it means to be saved to the glory of God Alone. Spend time with this week’s Scriptures below and reflect with the following questions and prompts:

HEAR AND OBEY:
What truths from this week’s text do you specifically need to believe and obey?

CONFESS:
Confess how you have attempted to scrutinize the ways of God. How have you attempted to be his counselor? What repayment have you demanded because of your “gift” to him? But in humility, also confess the truth found in this verse.

PRAY:
Pray Romans 11:33-36. Pray for your unbelieving friends—that God would reveal himself to them through your witness so that they too would be saved to his glory alone.