Lent Reading Challenge: Romans 10

The Challenge for the rest of Lent:

– Read. One chapter in the Bible each day until Easter.  We started with Mark, and now are reading Romans.
– Pray. 10 minutes, twice a day.  No distractions, not multitasking.  Just spend time with God.
– Give. A full tithe (10% of your income) each Sunday through Easter.
 
Don’t do this religiously, do it relationally.  Scripture says in James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  Engage this challenge prayerfully and openly, asking God to reveal Himself throughout these coming days.  Be aware and alert to the things God may be showing you.  They may be thoughts that just pop up, experiences that you have, or even just impulses that you may sense.  Also be aware that Satan, the enemy, will seek to throw you off.  Scripture calls us to put on the Full Armor of God, that we can stand against the schemes of the devil.
 
The book of Romans is somewhat of a different genre of biblical writing.  Mark is one of four Gospels, books that specifically tell the narrative of the life of Jesus Christ.  Romans, however, is a letter and is more theological in nature.  This means that, rather than introducing you to Jesus the person, it is seeking to explain the mission of Jesus and the impact of His life; what it means to believe in Him.
 
Romans one of the longest letters that Paul wrote and is, essentially, a summary of the plan of salvation.  It’s structure, which is commonly referred to as “sin, salvation, sanctification” or  “guilt, grace, gratitude,” has become the precedent for many contemporary writings and the general presentation of the Gospel as well.  The book covers the need for a Savior (chapters 1-3), the impact of The Savior (chapters 4-11), and the call of the Savior to a renewed life (chapters 12-16).

 Read Romans 10

Questions for Reflection:
1. Paul has a great desire to see the people of Israel come to know Jesus.  He even contrasts the massive coming to faith of the Gentile who didn’t have the law with lack of faith and disobedience of the people of Israel who had it in their hands all along.  In what ways have you experienced a similar scenario in your life?  How have you approached it?
2. Read Deuteronomy 30:11-20.  Paul draws on the words of Moses, pleading for the people of Israel to follow God as they enter into the promised land.  Do the words of Moses here seem more “law” driven or “faith” driven?  How does Paul apply these words to faith in Jesus Christ?
3. One of the greatest arguments for the need for preaching and sharing the Gospel is present here in Romans 10:14-15.  Take a moment to reflect on them.  How have you thought about the command in the Great Commission to “preach the Gospel” and “make disciples”?  In what ways have you heeded this command?  In what ways have you avoided it?

Prayer

Pray for yourself, that you would have the boldness and courage to share the Gospel with someone and invite them to church in the next week before Easter.
Pray for Hopkins Community Church, that we would proclaim the reality of the resurrection boldly and clearly on Easter Sunday, that no one would be able to leave here having not heard the Gospel message.
Pray for the Hopkins Community, that in these final days of Lent leading up to Easter, that the Spirit would move and drive people to ask questions and seek answers about who God is.
Be sure to spend time listening too; prayer is a conversation.  “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

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