Lesson Overview: Romans 13:8–14
This is lesson 4 of 6 in Living Sacrifices
- Main Point of the Passage: Paul urged Christians to love one another because love is the heart of Christian responsibility.
- Main Point of the Lesson: Love is the heart of a Christian’s responsibility.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will identify practical ways to love others.
- Key Verse: Romans 13:8, “Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
- Word Studies: Fulfilled in Romans 13:8
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.
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: What’s your favorite mode of transportation when you travel? Why?
Share Question: How would you answer a person who asked, ‘What would God expect me to change if I became a Christian?’
Introduce the Passage: Love is the heart of a Christian’s responsibility. Paul urged the Christians in Rome to live a life of love when he wrote Romans 13:8–14.
- 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): fulfilled in Romans 13:8
Study Question: As we read this passage, let’s identify reasons why love is the heart of Christian responsibility.
- one who loves fulfills the law (v. 8)
- the commands of the law are summed up by love (v. 9)
- the day of our salvation is near (v. 10-11)
- love is the opposite of ‘deeds of darkness’ (v. 12-13)
- one can’t ‘put on Christ’ and not love (v. 14)
Connect-the-Dots Question: Paul contrasted love with gratifying the desires of the sinful nature. Why are these two attitudes or motives incompatible?
Count-the-Cost Question: Read verse 11 again. What does the nearness of Jesus’ coming have to do with the urgency of God’s command to love?
Let’s-Do-It Question: What part of your life has come to mind today that you know doesn’t line up with God’s command to love?
Prayer: Father, thank you for showing us the meaning of love and giving us the power to love. Put your love in our hearts so we can walk in the light. Amen.