1. The questions will go through the passage verse by verse as the sermon did so on Sunday.
A: In v. 1, we see that Paul addresses the concern that perhaps the Jews had been rejected with an emphatic no. Why is it important to understand that the promises of God are not null and void?
B: What’s also interesting in v. 1 is how Paul uses his own life as evidence of God keeping His promise to Israel. How could our lives be evidence of the trustworthiness of God, or to the transforming grace of God?
C: In v. 2, Pastor Nate highlighted how this verse brings back the doctrine of election with the phrase, “whom he foreknew.” Election was defined as God’s gracious, unconditional election to salvation before the foundation of the world. How has our time spent in the book of Romans helped you in your understanding of this doctrine?
D: Paul then speaks in v. 2-5 of how God has kept his promise to His people through the example of Elijah from 1 Kings 18-19. At the end of v. 5 we read that this remnant that remains is “chosen by grace.” How does grace make Christianity different from every other religion? How does “grace alone” magnify the glory of God in comparison to a version of “grace plus works”?
E: In v. 6, we see a reiteration of what’s been said about grace. This tendency of repeating what’s been said is connected to what we’ve been calling, “Truth Amnesia”. The goal is not truth amnesia, but truth saturation. How can we saturate ourselves in truth in order to see truth advancement?
F: We see the tragedy in v. 7-8 of putting effort & hope in the wrong place (themselves). What’s the difference between finding hope in the quality of your faith versus the quality of the object of your faith?
G: In v. 9-10, we see that what can be a place of rescue and safety is actually a place that brings ruin. People try to put their hope in all kinds of places that actually destroy…what are some of those places, things?
2. We ended with a few words of encouragement and exhortation in light of the text.
A: We ended with a word of encouragement to beg God to save those who are dead in their sin. What are ways you can regularly be praying for the lost?
B: We were also encouraged to see that God’s Word is trustworthy…and to do so by spending time in God’s Word. How can you do what Ephesians 5:15 says and make the best use of the time when it comes to reading God’s Word?