Lesson Overview: Romans 1:1-17

This is lesson 1of 6 in By Grace Through Faith.

  • Main Point of the Passage: Paul’s passion in writing to the Christians at Rome showed that the Good News of righteousness by faith alone had completely transformed him.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: The good news of righteousness by faith alone completely transforms a person.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: The participant will allow the truth of the gospel to change her identity and goals.
  • Key Verse: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17

Preparation

Leader Preparation

To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.

Discussion Questions

Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.

Smile Question: If you had to compete in one Olympic sport, which sport would you choose?



Share Question: Tell us about a person you know who changed significantly when they became a Christian.



Introduce the Passage: Believing the good news of righteousness by faith alone changes a person. The passion Paul showed when he wrote to the Christians at Rome showed that the Good News of righteousness by faith alone had completely transformed him.

  • Optional: Have a member of your group either recite the passage from memory or give a detailed summary of the passage from memory.
  • Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s): Gospel in Romans 1:16


Study Question: As we read the introduction to Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome, let’s look for answers to this question: How had the gospel changed Paul’s identity and his goals?
Read Romans 1:1-17

Possible answers include:

  • Identity: a slave (v. 1)

  • Identity: loved by God (v. 7)

  • Identity: called to be a saint (v. 7)

  • Identity: a child of God (v. 7)

  • Goals: he wants to see them to strengthen them spiritually (v. 11)
  • Goals: he wants to have a harvest among them (v. 13)
  • Goals: he wants to preach the good news (v. 15)



Connect-the-Dots Question: In verses 16-17 Paul summarized the Gospel: righteousness is by faith alone. Before a person understands this good news, what might they depend on to be made right with God?

Possible answers include: 

  • Good works
  • Religious acts
  • Being part of a good family
  • Agreeing with the right facts



Count-the-Cost Question: A classic definition of grace is “unearned favor.” How could it change a person to realize that God doesn’t expect them to earn his favor?




Let’s-Do-It Question: Think about your own life. What might change if you stopped depending on yourself to earn God’s favor and completely depended on God’s grace?




Prayer: Father, thank you for the good news of righteousness by faith alone. Let our lives be transformed by the power of your Gospel.

 

 

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