We’re getting a scope of the book of Romans.
Last week God shone His light on our sin, stripping away our denial.
As a young woman of twenty one, I knelt to give my life to Christ because I was afraid of hell, but I didn’t really think I was so bad.
Others were much worse than I was!
Before God wrapped me in His forgiving grace, He gave me a picture of just how very sinful I was, and it was frightening, like a flashlight revealing rats in my cellar. That was very bad news, but it was good news in the sense it made me desperate for a Savior.
I loved Paige’s illustration of her little boy, who was already well clothed to go out in the freezing Washington D. C. cold, yet searching through the closet for something more. When she said, “Buddy — what are you looking for? You have everything on already!”
He said, “I want something to wrap up in.”
We need “something more,” something stronger than our sin, bigger than our guilt, better than anything man has dreamt up to cross the gaping chasm from sinful man to a holy God. We need something to wrap up in as we stand before the judgment seat.
And we have it in Christ. “In Christ” is a great definition of a believer. It is used 170 times in Scripture whereas “Christian” is used just twice. Because we are “in Christ,” we are wrapped in His grace and there is NO condemnation when we stand before God’s judgment seat.
The war has already been won. You are either a child of Satan or a child of God, in one kingdom or the other. Picture two fields with a road between them. Martin Lloyd-Jones puts it like this: “The evil one cannot touch us because we are no longer in his field. He can shout across the road at us, but he cannot touch us.” It may not feel like that in our experience and we will examine that with Paige this week. Her powerful closing tells us to swim in His grace — that is a secret to victory. Are you swimming in His grace all day?
Jesus tells us to have the faith of little children. My grand-daughter Sadie was asked in her fifth grade public school to write a 40 word essay on “Life” last week. This is what she wrote — because at least at that day, she was swimming in His grace!
Watch Paige’s lecture before she takes this down Tuesday night. Take good notes. I’ve incorporated her questions within my inductive ones and marked them with *. I’m shortening work by a day so you can watch Paige sooner!
The four questions in purple are for those also reviewing Revelation or anyone who wants to do them. We wll return to Revelation in November.
Sunday: Getting Started
- What stands out to you from the above and why?
- If you have watched Paige’s 2nd lecture, share one thing that stood out to you.
- What are the readers of Revelation promised in Revelation 1:3? Yet, as in the book of Romans, Revelation begins with lots of bad news. Jesus has much against the churches, He also warns of much tribulation, and then, we get vivid descriptions of God’s wrath against evil. So, how is this a blessing? (Connect it to Romans if you can.)
Monday: Rejoice! Christ Has Won! There Is No Contest! (Rom. 5)
4. Read Romans 5:1-11. Explain in what we are to rejoice in each case:
A. Verse 2
B. Verse 3-5
C. Verses 10-11
*5. We are told that we should rejoice three times in Romans 5:1-11. What is the object of our joy in verse 11? What does it look like in our lives (stress, spending, vocation, family) when God is our joy and not merely our judge? (Take time with this one)
6. The first perspective of God’s wrath in Revelation is the Seals.
A. What picture is painted in Revelation 6:6-11 what picture is painted?
B. In Revelation 7:4 there are 144,000 persons sealed. Do you remember what the number symbolizes and what the seal symbolizes?
C. How are they described in Revelation 7:13-17?
D. How do these departed saints show the truth of Romans 11:3-5?
STUDY THIS CHART: (It gets messed up if you are looking at in on your phone!)
ACTS: SIN RIGHTEOUSNESS
VERDICTS: CONDEMNATION JUST
RESULTS: DEATH LIFE
7. Paige said we must do that math. What did she mean?
8. Find phrases or words in Romans 5:15-17 that show there is no contest between Adam and Christ, between sin’s power and Christ’s power.
Tuesday: The Struggle (Romans 6)
*9. If we truly understand the magnitude of God’s grace, there will always be the temptation to think that means we can sin as we please. How does Paul answer that charge in 6:1-4? Is that reasoning compelling to you? Why or why not? What does our answer reveal about our tendency to use Christ rather than to love Christ?
Paul anticipates the question, “But is doesn’t feel like I am done with sin.” Paige explains our battle is no longer with God, but with ourselves. The main idol is ME! The bad guy is us. But battle is a sign of life!
10. J. C. Reil said “A Christian is known by our peace and by our warfare.” What did he mean?
11. Read Romans 6:9-12 and explain the “therefore” of verse 12.
12. Paige used an illustration contrasting England’s Neville Chamberlin’s approach to Hitler and Churchill’s approach to Hitler. What point was she making and how could you apply this?
13. In Revelation, one of the ways believers battle is through prayer. Do you remember what happened so that God could hear the prayers of the saints? (Rev. 8:1) How could you battle the sin in you with prayer?
Wednesday: What the Law Can and Cannot Do (Romans 7)
When we speak of the law, think in terms of the moral law, God’s standards of right and wrong, not just the Ten Commandments.
14. Read Romans 7:7. What good can the law do? Can you think of an example of how God’s Word revealed to you a rat in your cellar to which you previously were blind?
15. How does the sin in us twist the law, actually tempting us to do what is wrong? Do you remember any of Paige’s illustrations? Do you have an illustration of your own?
16. Describe Paul’s struggle in 7:15-23.
*17. Can you relate to Paul’s frustration in 7:15-23? Where in your life do you most clearly see those divisions between what you want to do and what you actually do? How is Paul’s cry of desperation in 7:24 answered by the fact that the gospel is by faith from first to last? Why is it significant that he is begging for a who instead of for a what should I do?
Tim Keller contrasts morally constrained life with a spiritually transformed life. The law shows us our sin, and also our great need for a Savior, but it cannot save us.
THURSDAY: The High Peak of Romans (Romans 8)
18. Meditate on each word of Romans 8:1 and make observations.
19. Paige quoted a Campus Minister who asked a student: “What are you going to do with your guilt?” What do you remember about this? Or about the government conscience fund? Or about anything else she said about this great banner of “NO CONDEMNATION!”
20. People think “no condemnation” cannot lead to clean living, but it does. Why?
*21. (Her ending in the live stream was different than her ending in the recorded stream.) Not sure she got to this question – but here it is: Look at part of the Servant song in Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-11. How does verse 11 foretell the two sides of justification? Why are we reluctant to embrace the imputed righteousness of Christ? Because it seems presumptive? Because it seems unnecessary?
*22. Where would it make the most immediate difference for you to know without a doubt that there is a “NO CONDEMNATION” banner hanging over your life?
23. Review Revelation 11:15-18 to see the end of the story for those in whom there is no condemnation.
22. What is your take-a-way and why?
I’ll put Paige’s 3rd lecture here as soon as it is available!