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Overview

Satisfy the deepest longing of your heart -- God made us to run, jump, dance, and celebrate absolute freedom. Yet too often we feel bound by past failures, sin, and guilt. What will it take for the shackles to fall to the ground? Where can we find a freedom that no one can ever take away? In the book of Romans, God points you to the path of freedom. You will discover an inexhaustible, heavenly power to break the chains that bind you. You'll find forgiveness for all moral failures, a new future where all things are made right, and the joy of living in community with God's people. In Romans, you will walk the road of freedom that will set you truly free!

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  • SKU: 9780310227656
  • UPC: 025986227654
  • SKU10: 0310227658
  • Title: Romans: Find Freedom
  • Series: New Community
  • Qty Remaining Online: 35
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Date Published: Sep 1999
  • Pages: 96
  • Weight lbs: 0.31
  • Dimensions: 9.03" L x 6.04" W x 0.21" H
  • Features: Price on Product
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical;
  • Category: STUDY GUIDE
  • Subject: Biblical Studies - New Testament

Chapter Excerpt


Chapter One

An Urgent Message to the World

ROMANS 1

A young boy comes running into the house and yells, "Dad, Mom, hurry! I need help!"

A mother gets a phone call in the middle of the day from the principal. "Come to the office right away. It's urgent!"

A father pulls his car into the garage after a long day of work. His wife's car is not in the garage, and the house is strangely quiet. He spots a note on the table in his wife's handwriting, but the letters are poorly formed and pressed deeply into the paper. "Meet us at the emergency room at the hospital as soon as you can get there."

It's urgent! It's important! No time to waste!

We have all experienced moments when someone came to us with a sense of urgency. They needed help now! Their tone of voice, the volume of their words, the look in their eyes, the intensity of their gestures-all of these made it clear that they were urgent about what they were saying.

Making the Connection

1. Describe a time that someone came to you with a real sense of urgency. How did you respond to their news or request?

Knowing and Being Known

Read Romans 1:1-17

The urgency of bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth has never changed. His Great Commission is the same today as it was when Jesus first spoke these words two thousand years ago:

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

2. What are some of the things Paul writes to show his urgency about his message to the church in Rome (vv. 9-11, 15-16)?

What are some of the behaviors in your life that show you are urgent about the message of Jesus Christ?

3. The urgency of Paul's message revolved around who Jesus is and what He has done. According to this passage, who is Jesus Christ (vv. 3-4, 9)?

According to Paul's teaching in this passage, what has Jesus done (vv. 4-6, 16-17)?

4. How did Paul feel about the people in the church in Rome (vv. 6-15)?

How do you feel about the people who are part of your church?

What do you do to show the depth of your feelings for other followers of Christ?

Read Romans 1:18-23

5. Paul clearly taught that God reveals Himself through the things He has made. How have you seen and experienced the glory of God through His creation?

How is this kind of revelation universal and available to all people?

6. What is the crime or sin that people commit against God that leads to their condemnation (vv. 21-23)?

7. What are examples today of how people do one of the following:

Fail to give God glory.

Refuse to give thanks to God.

Grow futile in their thinking.

Claim to be wise when they are fools.

Worship idols and images rather than God.

Read Romans 1:24-32

8. Three times the apostle Paul tells of God giving His children over to their own sinful desires. Each of the three cycles seems to spiral deeper and deeper into sin and lead the children farther and farther from their heavenly Father. What are the sins the children of God entered into each time God gave them over to their own desires?

(vv. 24-25) God gave them over to .

(vv. 26-27) God gave them over to .

(vv. 28-31) God gave them over to .

How have you seen this same downward spiral in the lives of those who are running from God today?

9. If God is truly a loving heavenly Father, why would He ever let His children go?

10. Paul ends this section by saying, "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them" (v. 32). How is this attitude reflected in our world today?

How can we refuse to affirm the things that break God's heart?

Celebrating and Being Celebrated

Do you know of anyone who has had a rebellious child who repented and returned? Take time as a group to praise God for the healing in this family.

Then celebrate how God has welcomed you home with open arms when you have run away from Him. Pray together and give thanks to God for offering you complete forgiveness for all the sins you have committed in rebellion toward Him.

Serving and Being Served

Identify one couple in your church who has gone through the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking process of letting their child go. Commit as a group to pray for the parents and the son or daughter. Ask a group member to contact the family and let them know that you will be praying for their son or daughter and for their strained relationship. Also, ask if there is anything you can do to uphold them through the pain and turmoil of this time.

Loving and Being Loved

Imagine a groom on his wedding day. He has waited and waited to see his bride, and now there she is. She stands at the end of the aisle: beautiful, radiant, beaming! His heart almost bursts as he sees her walking toward him. She is his bride!

This is just the slightest glimpse of how Jesus sees His church, His bride.

Still Urgent After All These Years

I attended a conference of itinerant evangelists from over 130 countries in Amsterdam. Billy Graham expressed the consensus opinion of the thousands of people attending there: "The greatest need of the hour is the revival of the Church of Jesus Christ." We all joined together at this conference to make the following dedication to the ministry commissioned by Jesus:

We affirm our commitment to the Great Commission of our Lord and declare our willingness to go anywhere, do anything, and sacrifice anything God requires of us in the fulfillment of that commission.

As I look out on the world scene today, I am absolutely convinced that a revival among the people of God would spill over in blessing to the millions without Christ, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost, alienated, hopeless people being brought to the Savior. -LeRoy Eims, Laboring in the Harvest (Navpress, 1985, p. 11)

No More Excuses

Romans 1:18-23, just six short verses, has the potential to make us very uncomfortable. Paul was deeply urgent about spreading the message of Jesus Christ in Rome and anywhere else he could go. The driving force of this urgency was his awareness that unbelievers everywhere were daily committing a spiritual crime so heinous that God's wrath would be poured out on them on Judgment Day. Paul was so upset at the thought of these unbelievers suffering in hell for eternity that he could not conceal his grief.

The Toughest Thing a Parent Could Ever Do

Some parents have had to make the heartbreaking decision to let their teenage child go to follow a path that is dangerous and sometimes even self-destructive. With deep grief, they recognize that their own child has become rebellious, recalcitrant, and destructive, and after years of exercising patience and kindness, finally they have to say, "Go! You have wanted to break free from our family and every value we hold dear. We give you that freedom. Have it your way. Leave!"

Parents never take joy in that moment, but instead feel sorrow and a deep desire for the child to come home. But the parents know that their child must be released. With a broken heart, loving parents give their child over to his or her own desires and rebellion.

(Continues.)

Excerpt


Chapter One

An Urgent Message to the World

ROMANS 1

A young boy comes running into the house and yells, "Dad, Mom, hurry! I need help!"

A mother gets a phone call in the middle of the day from the principal. "Come to the office right away. It's urgent!"

A father pulls his car into the garage after a long day of work. His wife's car is not in the garage, and the house is strangely quiet. He spots a note on the table in his wife's handwriting, but the letters are poorly formed and pressed deeply into the paper. "Meet us at the emergency room at the hospital as soon as you can get there."

It's urgent! It's important! No time to waste!

We have all experienced moments when someone came to us with a sense of urgency. They needed help now!Their tone of voice, the volume of their words, the look in their eyes, the intensity of their gestures-all of these made it clear that they were urgent about what they were saying.

Making the Connection

1. Describe a time that someone came to you with a real sense of urgency. How did you respond to their news or request?

Knowing and Being Known

Read Romans 1:1-17

The urgency of bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth has never changed. His Great Commission is the same today as it was when Jesus first spoke these words two thousand years ago:

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

2. What are some of the things Paul writes to show his urgency about his message to the church in Rome (vv. 9-11, 15-16)?

What are some of the behaviors in your life that show you are urgent about the message of Jesus Christ?

3. The urgency of Paul's message revolved around who Jesus is and what He has done. According to this passage, who is Jesus Christ (vv. 3-4, 9)?

According to Paul's teaching in this passage, what has Jesus done (vv. 4-6, 16-17)?

4. How did Paul feel about the people in the church in Rome (vv. 6-15)?

How do you feel about the people who are part of your church?

What do you do to show the depth of your feelings for other followers of Christ?

Read Romans 1:18-23

5. Paul clearly taught that God reveals Himself through the things He has made. How have you seen and experienced the glory of God through His creation?

How is this kind of revelation universal and available to all people?

6. What is the crime or sin that people commit against God that leads to their condemnation (vv. 21-23)?

7. What are examples today of how people do oneof the following:

Fail to give God glory.

Refuse to give thanks to God.

Grow futile in their thinking.

Claim to be wise when they are fools.

Worship idols and images rather than God.

Read Romans 1:24-32

8. Three times the apostle Paul tells of God giving His children over to their own sinful desires. Each of the three cycles seems to spiral deeper and deeper into sin and lead the children farther and farther from their heavenly Father. What are the sins the children of God entered into each time God gave them over to their own desires?

(vv. 24-25) God gave them over to .

(vv. 26-27) God gave them over to .

(vv. 28-31) God gave them over to .

How have you seen this same downward spiral in the lives of those who are running from God today?

9. If God is truly a loving heavenly Father, why would He ever let His children go?

10. Paul ends this section by saying, "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them" (v. 32). How is this attitude reflected in our world today?

How can we refuse to affirm the things that break God's heart?

Celebrating and Being Celebrated

Do you know of anyone who has had a rebellious child who repented and returned? Take time as a group to praise God for the healing in this family.

Then celebrate how God has welcomed you home with open arms when you have run away from Him. Pray together and give thanks to God for offering you complete forgiveness for all the sins you have committed in rebellion toward Him.

Serving and Being Served

Identify one couple in your church who has gone through the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking process of letting their child go. Commit as a group to pray for the parents and the son or daughter. Ask a group member to contact the family and let them know that you will be praying for their son or daughter and for their strained relationship. Also, ask if there is anything you can do to uphold them through the pain and turmoil of this time.

Loving and Being Loved

Imagine a groom on his wedding day. He has waited and waited to see his bride, and now there she is. She stands at the end of the aisle: beautiful, radiant, beaming! His heart almost bursts as he sees her walking toward him. She is his bride!

This is just the slightest glimpse of how Jesus sees His church, His bride.

Still Urgent After All These Years

I attended a conference of itinerant evangelists from over 130 countries in Amsterdam. Billy Graham expressed the consensus opinion of the thousands of people attending there: "The greatest need of the hour is the revival of the Church of Jesus Christ." We all joined together at this conference to make the following dedication to the ministry commissioned by Jesus:

We affirm our commitment to the Great Commission of our Lord and declare our willingness to go anywhere, do anything, and sacrifice anything God requires of us in the fulfillment of that commission.

As I look out on the world scene today, I am absolutely convinced that a revival among the people of God would spill over in blessing to the millions without Christ, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost, alienated, hopeless people being brought to the Savior. -LeRoy Eims, Laboring in the Harvest(Navpress, 1985, p. 11)

No More Excuses

Romans 1:18-23, just six short verses, has the potential to make us very uncomfortable. Paul was deeply urgent about spreading the message of Jesus Christ in Rome and anywhere else he could go. The driving force of this urgency was his awareness that unbelievers everywhere were daily committing a spiritual crime so heinous that God's wrath would be poured out on them on Judgment Day. Paul was so upset at the thought of these unbelievers suffering in hell for eternity that he could not conceal his grief.

The Toughest Thing a Parent Could Ever Do

Some parents have had to make the heartbreaking decision to let their teenage child go to follow a path that is dangerous and sometimes even self-destructive. With deep grief, they recognize that their own child has become rebellious, recalcitrant, and destructive, and after years of exercising patience and kindness, finally they have to say, "Go! You have wanted to break free from our family and every value we hold dear. We give you that freedom. Have it your way. Leave!"

Parents never take joy in that moment, but instead feel sorrow and a deep desire for the child to come home. But the parents know that their child must be released. With a broken heart, loving parents give their child over to his or her own desires and rebellion.

(Continues.)

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