As we begin our journey through the Book of Romans, we’re challenged to tell others about Christ. We have lots of excuses, but the bottom line is, are we ashamed or embarrassed to tell them?
Reasons for our silence:
- Fear of being misunderstood.
- We don’t know enough.
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We have all the knowledge we need:
- We know our story.
- We know the Roman Road.
- We know how to invite someone to church.
- If you received a letter from the Apostle Paul saying he wanted to visit your small group, how would you react?
- Read Romans 1:1-7. How does Paul describe himself in his introduction to the Christians in Rome?
- Definition of bondservant (Greek – doulos): One who chooses to be a slave or servant of another.
- How would you describe your relationship with Jesus right now? Finish the sentence: “I am a . . . . . Skeptic? Seeker? Student? Beginner? Follower? Servant?
- Read Romans 1:8-13. What are the circumstances that caused Paul to write this letter?
- In verses 11-12 Paul says that he wants to come to impart some spiritual gift to help strengthen/encourage them. In order that together they can be encouraged by each other’s faith. How do our spiritual gifts influence how we encourage one another?
- Romans 1:14-17. The word gospel literally means, “good news”. What about the good news made Paul so eager to share it?
- Have you ever been ashamed of the gospel? What caused you to be ashamed? What did you learn about yourself from that experience?
- Discuss this statement by Bill Faye, “Success in evangelism is sharing the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.”
- Troy listed some practical ways to share your faith with other people. What were they? Can you think of any other ways?