Rom Rd

SOURCE OF EVIL – SIN (10/25)

Definition of SIN:  disobedience to God – review Adam and Eve

Romans 3:23  For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

What causes you to sin?  Selfishness, think you know better

Does Satan make you sin?  Job 1:6-12 (needs permission from God, He sets limits)  names – hater, accuser, adversary, enemy, author of evil  [name translated from opponent]

Matt 4:1-11  Satan tempts Jesus  How is Jesus tempted?  What does Jesus use for his defense?

Matt 26:36-46 Garden of Gethsemane – read then > show video beginning of “Passion of the Christ”

James 4:7  So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

WRAP-UP:  Satan’s powers are limited.  He primarily tempts – it’s up to you to resist temptation, to turn away from sin and live righteous (pleasing in God’s eyes) lives.  Your choice.

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SALVATION EARNED?  (11/1)

How much money do you want to make?  What does it cost to live?  (Go over a monthly budget.)

WORK – do we need to work?  2 Thess 3:6-15  idle vs. idol

People who do not work? (infirm)  Discuss salaries and how market determines what people make.

< Activity – have students (or teacher’s aide) write what they want to be when they grow up on sheet of paper, then have them write down how much money they want to make at that job.  Then have them stand up along a wall holding their paper in front of them and ask them to rank themselves for most important job.

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GRACE (11/8)

Do you say grace before you eat?  What else do you think of when you hear the word “grace”?  Grace:  unmerited favor, undeserved kindness.

What are examples of God’s grace?  How does He decide who gets it?  Matt. 20:1-16 [explain parable and elements of this particular parable, what they represent]

Do people get different rewards in heaven?  How could you be sure to get a better reward?  Does it matter?  Do we leave competition behind here on Earth?

SALVATION:  by works or by faith?  Romans 11:1-12  Who are God’s chosen people?  Is God still waiting on them (Jews)?  Do they still offer sacrifices for forgiveness – what is their means of repentance?  Still living in OT traditions.

Review Rom 6:23  … free gift of God – GRACE 

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SACRIFICE (11/15)

Review grace (free gift) – what is the foundation of grace?  LOVE

SACRIFICE:  the surrender or destruction of something prized/desirable for the sake of something considered to have a higher claim or value

Why make a sacrifice?  Examples from Bible:  Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, Elijah and bull

Jesus’ life started with sacrifice (Luke 2:21-24), his ministry started with sacrifice (Luke 4:1-2), and finally He sacrificed His life for us.

Read Rom 5:1-11  v.2 undeserved privilege – grace, v.5 how much did God love us – gave Holy Spirit, v.9 what does Jesus save us from – God’s condemnation

ROMANS ROAD – ROMANS 5:8  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

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NEED FOR BLOOD (11/22)

How does blood operate in our bodies?  Delivers nutrients, removes waste.  You can lose some and still be OK, but if you lose too much you die.

Need for blood sacrifice:  OT gives many examples of how sacrifices were to be made.  Leviticus 3 and 4, details how the blood was used, sin offering.

Jewish tradition to take baby to temple shortly after being born – Jesus and purification offering Luke 2:22-25

Read Hebrews 9:11-28 [note:  pray on this passage night  before and allow Holy Spirit to lead discussion – this is a core passage for faith]

Note from my study Bible:  The covenant through Moses provided a bond in the blood of animals.  These sacrifices had to be repeated annually at the tabernacle which was symbolic of God’s eternal heavenly altar.  However, Jesus came as an eternal priest to offer an eternal sacrifice for sin.  The shedding of His blod provided a permanent sacrifice, a substitution for our blood that should be shed, and a permanent covenant between God and man.  His blood was not applied to just an earthly altar, but to the very altar of God in heaven.

Once and for all, it obtained redemption from sin for those who receive him – the fulfillment of god’s covenant with man.

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BELIEVE  (12/6)

Anybody ever have an imaginary friend?  When did you find out Santa was not real?  Do you only believe what you see?

How much in our lives do we just believe in things?  Can you see electricity?  > Try sticking the ends of a paper clip in an electrical outlet.  There are things where we see the aftereffects and accept the existence of something we don’t see.  Not many of us have seen a tornado, yet we have seen how they can destroy houses.

We can also be fooled by things we see and think they cause – counterfeit money, photoshopped pictures.  Could the landing on the moon have been staged?

ROAD TO ROMANS – Rom 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

It’s a two-phase system:  confess with your mouth (an outward expression of faith) and believe in your heart (an inward expression of faith).  We also recognize Jesus as Lord and being raised from the dead.  Is that what you believe?  Do you just take it by faith or is there evidence?  Doubting Thomas.

Read John 20:11-29, then show video clip from “Gospel of John”.  Notice how Jesus reaches to Thomas after he realizes that Jesus is real and regrets his disbelief.

What tools do we have to back up our beliefs?  Testimony of others (WORD), trust relationships, evidence, Holy Spirit

Read Romans 10:9-17  Discuss as much as time allows

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