Summer Bible Study: Romans // TEN

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Hey there! Have you enjoyed studying Romans? I sure have! God has shown me many different things about what righteousness and faith really look like. More than that though, I feel as if I am in a season of the testing of my faith right now. So many things are bidding my action to faith and it has been a beautiful mess learning to have faith in all things, good & bad. I love that God doesn’t leave us alone to deal with our problems. He is with us and speaks right to us with His Word and I’m thankful that He has been doing just that while studying Romans. He is teaching me to truly live out what I study even if I fall a thousand times in the process. What has God been teaching, showing, or challenging you with through the study of Romans? Let me know in the comment section below!

Today, we are in Romans 10; a short yet powerful chapter of salvation for all people.

 

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Romans 10:1-4

What is this passage saying?

Paul is expressing that his heart’s desire and prayer to God is that the Jews who were placing their faith and hope for salvation in their works would come to know Christ, be saved. He says that they have that zeal yet they are ignorant of the true salvation that Christ bestows. The Jews that Paul is talking about were so focused on doing good works in order to become righteous, right before God. They didn’t accept the truth that Jesus had just paid their debt in full on the cross. Like we have talked about so often in the former chapters, that is true faith, believing in Him who paid our ransom for sin and made us righteous through His blood.

How can we practically apply these truths to my life?

Zeal, or passion, and true knowledge of salvation go hand in hand in knowing God and serving Him. We can’t simply have passion without knowing anything about Jesus because that just makes like any other person without Jesus. We can’t only have knowledge since passion is what moves us to desire God. Head knowledge doesn’t mean salvation. You have to have the heart behind it. You must be moved {zeal for God} to repentance {knowledge of your sin & Christ’s forgiveness}. Passion & wisdom, zeal and knowledge. They go hand in hand!

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Romans 10:5-13

What is this passage saying?

Paul is quoting Moses from back in the OT {Leviticus to be exact} about how right standing before God is impossible if based only on the law. “To hope for a righteousness based on obedience to the law requires perfect conformity in every detail–an utter impossibility.” In verses six and seven, Paul speaks of righteousness by faith as if it were a person asking a question which is actually a quote from Deuteronomy 30. Isn’t he a pretty cool writer? “Do not say in your heart, “who will go into heaven?” that is, to bring Christ down or, “who will go down to the abyss?” that is to bring Christ up from the dead. On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”    He is meaning… you do not have to go on a soul-searching adventure to find salvation, Christ. It is right here. Right in front of your face. It has clearly been revealed by God to man through His Word. It is by faith alone that you are saved.

How can I practically apply these truth to my life?

This is the message of faith, the gospel, the salvation of mankind: if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe with your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. {v. 9} Salvation is by faith in Jesus alone. You cannot earn your way to new life, freedom from sin, and eternity with Jesus. You can only have faith in Him for those things. Have you repented of your sin and asked for forgiveness? Do you really believe? Salvation is more than words. It’s a total giving away of your self to Jesus. It’s confessing that Jesus is Master over your life and you choose to give away your rights to Him. That’s what it means to confess that Jesus is Lord. It’s a way of life. It’s a daily pick-up-your-cross-and-follow-Jesus kind of decision.

One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.” {Rom. 10:10}

This salvation is available for all people. The white, the black, the rich, the poor, the needy, the prideful. All ages, all races. God is holding out in Hand for all of mankind.

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Romans 10:14-21

What is this passage saying?

God uses people, you & me, to make His name known to all the earth. There must be messengers for Christ going to the lost and unbelieving. Without messengers, people won’t hear. And those people hearing must be paying attention and believe. We, mankind are just like Israel. We are God’s children, chosen and loved. Yet, we continually choose our own way. We choose our own way. Some ears are bent on not listening. The point Paul is making is that we are all disobedient, whether we “look” good on the outside or not. Jew or Gentile, we are all in need of Christ.

How can I practically apply these passages to my life?

Thankfully, God is in control and we are not. He does the sending, the convicting, and the heart-changing. But as Christ followers, we have responsibility. Jesus has called each one of us out of the boat, out of our comfort zones, out of the norm to take the message of salvation to the ends of the earth. How are you on mission in your life for Christ?

 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” {Matthew 28:18-20}

When I was younger, I remember someone in my church asking a question that has stuck in my heart through all those years.

“Who is your one?”

We need to have at least one person in our life who we are doing life with, leading them to the Lord we follow. There doesn’t have to be anything fancy or formal. Just an intentional relationship where Jesus is the center and purpose. We are all called to lead others to Christ and you can do just that without going across the ocean to a third world country. Get out a piece of paper and start writing down people who come to your mind. Is it a family member, a neighbor, coworker, the girl in your class, a fellow new-mom, a church friend?

Let me ask you, who is your one? Your two, your three? Are you spreading the love of Christ?

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15b

You are loved

-Katie

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2 thoughts on “Summer Bible Study: Romans // TEN

  1. Through this study I have been learning about true faith and what it means to not just believe in Him but work to live FOR Him. I know this is difficult and will stumble but He is always there to catch me. Thank you so much for helping me to break down this book:)

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