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Step 1. Read Romans 1:8-17 several times. Write it out on index cards and place them in spots you spend a lot of time. Review the verses as often as you can.
For this passage, there are several words we need to look up in the Bible Dictionary. These words and concepts will be coming up frequently in our study of the book of Romans and it is essential that you understand their meaning. Even if you think you know what they mean look them up anyway, something fresh may be revealed to you.
Faith: This word in the Greek is pisteos. It has the same root word as the word translated ‘believe’ in John 3:16. Click here to read a story about the meaning of this word being translated to ‘lean your whole weight on him’. Pisteos is not just agreeing in your head, it is living that belief through your actions.
Gospel: The gospel is the good news about Christ. The totality of the gospel starts with who God is. Then it tells the truth about sin, how it came into the world, and what the consequences of sin are. Next, it tells the truth about who Jesus is and how he became the substitute (propitiation) for our sin. Lastly, it tells us how we should respond to this news.
Salvation: Being delivered from the power and penalty of sin.
Righteousness: Right standing before God through the fulfillment of the covenant between God and man.
Sanctification: Being made holy, a more accurate reflection of Christ, resulting in the transformation of the inner person.
Reconciliation: Being brought back into a right relationship with God.
Some of these words were not found directly in our text but withing the definitions of the words that were. The definitions I have given are very basic and I strongly encourage you to read the more in-depth ones in a Bible Dictionary. Record what you discover in your notebook.
Step 2: Read the Bible Study notes. Write down any insights in your notebook.
Step 3: Look up the cross references, and record any insights in your notebook.
Step 4: Use the 3 question method.
- What does it say?
- What are the timeless truths?
- What does God want me to apply to my life?
Remember to write it all down in your notebook. Review your notes, and use listening prayer while waiting for your answer to question 3. Wait until God speaks to move on.
Watch for Romans 1:8-17 Part 2 tomorrow.