Posted by: heisourstrongtower | April 16, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 68

Today’s Reading Assignment is found in Acts 20:1-3 and Romans chapters 1-3…

The readings today are all about how God has revealed himself through all that He has made and how people still do not believe in Him. The proof is all around them and they cannot see the forest for the trees. 

I think we need to pray today for all the people who know the truth and still refuse to believe. They are in need of a Savior and they are just too blind to realize it. We never know what tomorrow is going to bring…so it is important to pray for the lost souls today.

Let’s not forget to pray for the victims and families of all the people effected by the bombings in Boston yesterday.

Terror attack

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20

Study Questions for Romans 1

Paul, the Servant of Christ Jesus (1-6)

How does Paul introduce himself? (1) What does he mean by “servant”? Why does he describe himself in this way? (1:6; 6:16; 7:14) What did it mean to Paul to be “set apart” for the gospel? (Galatians 1:15)

Read verses 2-3. What is Jesus’ relationship to the gospel? What else does Paul tell us about the one to whom he is a slave?

How does the gospel reveal God’s faithfulness? How does this prove the Bible’s authenticity?

Read verses 3b-4. What does Jesus’ descent from David show about him? How did he become a spiritual king? What does this show about Paul’s servant-ship?

Grace and Apostleship (5)

Read verse 5. What was Paul’s position under his king Jesus? What is the basic grace which Paul (and we) receive through Jesus? (1 Ti. 1:14-15; Rom. 7:25; 1 Co. 15:10)

What mission was given to Paul? Do all who receive the grace of forgiveness also receive the grace of mission? Why or who not? How can fallen man be restored to live for God’s glory?

Paul’s Prayer for the Romans (7-17)

Read verses 7-10. Why was Paul so thankful for the saints in Rome? Why did he pray so constantly for them? What else did he pray for? Why did he want to go to Rome?

Read verses 11-15. What can we learn here about Paul’s missionary strategy? What was the spiritual gift he wanted to give them? (11) How was Paul’s vision God’s vision too? (Acts 9:15)

Read verses 14 and 15 again. Where did Paul’s sense of obligation come from? Practically, what does it mean to be a debtor to all people?

Read verses 14-16 again. What do these verses tell us about the scope of the gospel? Why was it necessary to say, “I am not ashamed of the gospel”? Why does everyone need the gospel?

Read verse 17. How is the righteousness of God revealed in the gospel? Why must it be revealed by faith from first to last? What does it mean to live by faith?

Against whom is God’s wrath revealed? How do people suppress the truth? What is the truth they suppress? Why do people who deliberately reject God have no excuse?

Why should men honor and thank God? Why do they not? Why is this a suppression of the truth?

Why happens to the mind and heart of one who deliberately refuses to glorify and thank God? (21)

The Result When Men Live Without Faith (1:22-31)

Look at verse 22. How do men who live without God become fools? (23)

Find the verses in which the phrase “God gave them over” is repeated. What does this mean? Why is this an expression of God’s wrath? What is God’s purpose in “giving them over to…”?

Look at verse 25. What foolish exchange do men without God make? Why can’t God take care of liars? Look at verses 26 and 27. How do godless people invert creation order? How does this perversion destroy people and provoke God’s anger?

Read verses 28-31. What happens to society and families when individual people do not retain the knowledge of God in their hearts? What will happen to this kind of society and family?

Why do people who know what is right become advertisers of evil-doing?

“For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.” Romans 2:13-16

Study Questions for Romans 2

The Legalistic Jews (2:1-5)

Look at 2:1-3. Who else is a suppressor of the truth and under the wrath of God? Why is it wrong to pass judgment on others? Why is God’s judgment right?

How do self-righteous people abuse God’s love? (4) What should people do instead of judging others? (5)

God’s Righteous Judgment (2:6-16)

Look at 2:6-7. What is God’s standard for judging? In these verses, what are the two different directions men seek? What is the result in each case? How does the fact that man is created to live for God’s glory help us understand this?

What does it mean that God judges according to conscience? What does this tell us about men and about God? How can we live by the truth?

No One is Righteous (2:17-3:20)

What are the advantages of the Jews and of those who have studied the Bible? (2:17-24; 3:1-2) How can these strengths become weaknesses that make the people of God enemies of God’s redemptive work in the world? (23, 24)

What kind of circumcision is valuable? What does this mean? (2:25-29; Dt. 10:16; 10:6; Jer. 4:4) From whom should God’s people seek praise? How can we please God? (29)

What is the advantage of being a Jew or being born into a Christian home? Does a man’s failure to be a steward of his opportunities cancel God’s faithfulness?

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.” Romans 3:23-26

Study Questions for Romans 3

What do the quotations from the Old Testament (3:10-18) show about what it means to be under the power of sin? What is Paul’s conclusion about the condition of all men? What is the purpose of the Law? (3:19-20) What is the situation of men without God? (3:10; 3:23; 6:23; Rev. 21:8; Heb. 9:27)

God’s Righteousness and Man’s Faith in the Son (21-26)

Read verse 21. What is “a righteousness from God” to which the Law and Prophets testify? (Gen. 3:15, 22:18; Isa. 9:6-7) What did God do instead of punishing sinners? How did he keep his promises in this?

How is the “wrath of God” (1:18) different from “a righteousness from God”? (3:21) What is the situation of mankind? (3:19-20, 23; 6:23a) Why does all mankind need this righteousness from God?

How can we obtain this righteousness? From whom does it come? To whom is it available? (22)

Read verse 24. What does “redemption” mean? (Think about what it means to be redeemed from slavery. Ex. 6:5-6) How does God redeem man from sin? (Eph. 1:7-8; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)

Read 25a. What is a sacrifice of atonement? (Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:12, 14, 22; 1 Jn. 1:7b) What does it mean that Jesus’ blood atones for our sins? What practical change does this bring in our lives? (Lk. 1:74-75)

Read 24 again. What is “justification”? How is this different from self-justification? What does it mean to be justified freely by his grace? (Eph. 2:8-9) What does this show about the necessity of redemption and atonement? (26)

What is grace? (Think about the two thieves who hung on crosses with Jesus. Lk. 23:42-43)

God’s Character in His Redemption (3:25b, 26)

What do these verses teach us about God’s justice? What does it mean that God is just? What reveals God’s love? (26b; 5:8; Jn. 3:16) Why is only faith in Jesus, and nothing else, necessary? (22, 26b-31)


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