Lent Reading Challenge: Romans 7

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 7

Questions for Reflection:
1. What do you think Paul means when he says “You also died to the law through the body of Christ”?  Read Galatians 5.  How does this impact your understanding of what Paul is saying here?
2. Paul talks again about the purpose of the law in our lives.  How are we to interact with the law as those who are in Christ?  What place does the Law have in our lives?  How has the law brought a desire for righteousness in your life?
3. Referencing a struggle between good and evil inside of him, Paul realizes his need for a Savior in verse 25.  Have you come to this point in your life?  How and where?  How has Jesus rescued you?

Prayer

Pray for yourself, that the Holy Spirit would convict you where you need to be convicted in your life, and give you the strength to face the sin in your life and cling to the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Pray for Hopkins Community Church, that we would seek to walk with people struggling with sin rather than judge or exclude them.
Pray for the Hopkins Community, that God would bring revival to this place!
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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