The sermon for this passage can be found Here
- Take time to recap on the first 2 chapters. What have been the key points thus far?
- In the sermon we picked up on three possible objections Paul raised and discussed. What were they? How did Paul answer those objections?
- Where is the application for us in this passage and what should be our response?
You can find the sermon on this passage here
- Read the passage and discuss how, if at all, what Paul says in these verses is different to the first 11 verses.
- look again at the passage as a whole and substitute the word Jew for Christian and the word law for Bible and discuss where we might be at risk of relying in things other than Jesus.
- Discuss circumcision, what is the purpose of circumcision? And how might we apply this to church life and Christianity today?
- As a group discuss the ways in which we can and should apply this passage to a) our individual lives and b) our life as a fellowship.
Here is a link to the sermon on this passage in case you missed it: A moral Superiority
- Who is Paul writing to here?
- Verses 1-3 ~ Why might condemning bad behaviour in others condemn me too?
- Verse 4 ~ Why doesn’t God punish unrepentant people immediately?
- Verse 5 ~ What happens, bit by bit, to the lives of those who are unrepentant?
- Verses 6-11 ~ What is the overall thrust of these verses?
If you missed the sermon, please take some time to listen before tackling the questions. You can find it here :You Have No Excuse!
- Read the passage and discuss what reactions individuals have to it?
- What does it mean that God abandons… (repeated 3 times)
- Can people who have never heard of Jesus be saved?
- Discuss how we can apply verses 28-32 to our lives.
- Looking at verses: 26 & 27.
- What does this tell us about God’s view of Same Sex relationships?
- So where does this leave people who have those attactions?
- How are we to show God’s love and still share the Gospel?
This study is based on the above passage and this Sermon
- Do you ever consider the things God wants to do in your life and the power He has to do those things? Why may we not allow God to do those things?
- For what reasons might we be ashamed of the Gospel?
- What does a life obediently lived for the sake of the Gospel look like?
- A number of awkward questions were asked in the sermon, as a group try to recall them and discuss them.
- Pray for your group and the wider church, that we will live our lives true to our calling.
Here are some questions from Gordon on the passage he preached on on Sunday:
- Take time to read to opening remarks of Paul in some other of his other letters and comment on the way he addresses the churches. What can we learn about the need to encourage one another?
- For what does Paul thank God (v8)? Is their success due to their eloquent words, their deeds and lifestyle, or a combination of all these? What should this be saying to God’s church today?
- Paul prays for the church in Rome, although he has never visited them. How effective can our prayers be in interceding for those we have never met?
- Read verses 11-13. Why was Paul so keen to visit the church in Rome? Discuss what you believe he hoped to achieve by his visit.
- Paul speaks of being a debtor to various groups of people (vs. 14-15). What do you understand by this expression? To whom are we spiritually indebted, and what obligation does that debt impose on us?
Here’s the sermon if you missed it: Have you heard from God? Are You Filled by God?
- Read verses 1&2. What does Habakkuk say about God, and what effect does it have on him? What is the application here for us?
- Read verses 3 to 15 and trace back the various bible references Habakkuk picks up on.
- Why is it important to look at what God has done in the past?
- Read verses 16-19. How does Habakkuk’s attitude shift from chapters 1&2 to here? What has caused the change.
- Discuss as a group how the study on this book has challenged, encouraged and helped, and also consider any areas where you may have struggled.
If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: Blighted or Blessed?
- Habakkuk was clearly good at listening to God. What are the kind of things which can stop us from listening to God, and what can we change to help us listen?
- Take a look through each of the 5 woes or sorrows and discuss, as a group, what each ‘woe’ might teach us today – particularly discuss the areas you can support each others in the group to consider and avoid modern idols?
- What does it mean to be righteous, and what does a life lived by faith in Christ look like?
This study is based on the passage above and this sermon: I trust you Lord, but…
- In which ways does Habakkuk describe God?
- What do Habakkuk’s descriptions of God tell us about Habakkuk’s theology?
- Look at the questions Habakkuk asks and as a group try to answer them.
- Discuss verse 2:1 what is Habakkuk saying here?
- Talk through the application of this passage for us here today in 21st century England.
This study is based on the passage above and the sermon: Wow That Was Unexpected!
- Is it a regular or rare thing for God to answer prayer in the way that Habakkuk received his answer?
- In the sermon we discussed the fact that God’s ways are very different to ours, as a group find as many scripture passages as you can which highlight this and discuss them as you go.
- What are we to do when it seems that God is distant or disinterested? And what might be the reasons for that?
- As a group discuss the various applications this passage has to our lives?