Lent Reading Challenge: Romans 8

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 8

Questions for Reflection:
1. In Jesus Christ, we no longer stand condemned under the law because of God’s grace.  What does this mean for you?  How does Paul say it should change the way we live?  How does it change the way you live?
2. Paul talks again about suffering and perseverance; we will always be in a battle against sin, both inwardly and outwardly.  How do the truth of the Spirit’s presence and intercession impact you?  Take some time to reflect on verses 18 and 28.
3. Reread verses 31-38.  What assurance do you see here?  Where is the emphasis of God’s work?  How does the truth that nothing can separate us from God rest with you?

Prayer

Pray for yourself, that you would hold onto the assurance that God offers us in Christ and that you would find freedom in your life because of it.
Pray for Hopkins Community Church, that we would be a witness to the love of God and powerfully proclaim it in every facet of ministry that we do.
Pray for the Hopkins Community, that the chains and bondages of sin would break in Jesus name and that freedom in Christ would be realized those here!
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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