Simple — Though Not Easy

Session 5.35 for August 31, 2014

In chapter 12, Paul begins to articulate ethical issues of what it looks like to live a Christian life. He begins by saying, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect." He encourages the Romans to transform themselves so that they live according to the will of God. Paul continues, in our passage today today, to challenge them to live as Christ did.  

 

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Scripture: Romans 12:9-21

 

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Gifted To Serve

Session 6.34 for August 24, 2014

As followers of Christ, we are called to live a sacrificial life as he did. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice — and while most of us are not called to that kind of sacrifice, we are called to serve others as Christ served. Paul calls on the church to be aware of who they are and what their gifts are — and then to use those gifts in service of each other and the larger community. 

 

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Scripture: Romans 12:1-8

 

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A Mysterious Tree

Session 6.33 for August 17, 2014

In today's text, Paul uses a metaphor of tree-grafting to show how God is still at work, making room for all. He says that though it seems as if God has rejected the Jews, that is not the case. God is working through all of it to make space for every one, Jews and Gentiles. 

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Scripture: Romans 11:1-32

 

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Salvation For All

Session 6.32 for August 10, 2014

For some Jews during the beginning of the first church, the most important part of religion was following the law. Paul, an avid Jew, began to teach that while following the law was important, you did not have to do it to be made right with God. Paul claimed that salvation from God has come near to all people - no one has a monopoly on God or on how or to whom God offers salvation. As you can imagine, this created quite a bit of controversy in the early church. 

Are their people in your world who you think are excluded from salvation simply because of how they practice or what rules they do or do not follow? Have you ever felt excluded simply because of how you believe? Paul claims that salvation is brought to all. As you read today's text, take time to note how radical Paul's ideas are about who has access to God's righteousness and salvation. He is much more inclusive than he is exclusive. 

 

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Scripture: Romans 10:5-15

 

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Participating In a Miracle

Session 6.31 for August 3, 2014

Have you ever seen a miracle? Have you every been part of a miracle? In today's story, the disciples are invited to be a part of miracle. When they are able to let go of their own doubt and offer what they had, they get to see it happen. 

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Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21

 

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