From Faith to Faith
revealing the righteousness of God through the book of Romans

 

Life Group Questions

Faith to Faith
4.October.2020
Romans 1:1-17

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • What is the best letter you’ve ever received? What made it so significant? How do you think the people who were part of the early Roman church felt when Paul’s letter was delivered to them?
  • Read Romans 1:7. What is a saint? Do you think of yourself to be called as a saint? What does that mean?
  • The church in Rome had a reputation for strong faith. Read Hebrews 1:1. What is faith? Who today (individual or group) is an example of faith to you? What is it about their faith that encourages you?
  • Read Romans 1:16. What kinds of situations do you find yourself tempted to be ashamed of the Gospel?
  • Read Habakkuk 2:4. Is your ego inflated? Do you sometimes think you know better than God? Describe a time in your life when you were able to set your ego aside and choose instead to live by faith.
Why Jesus Came
11.October.2020
Romans 1:18-32

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • What were the biggest idols in your family when you were growing up? What was worshipped in your home? Was it education? Athletics? Faith? Image? Achievement? Think about what occupied your family’s time, resources, and attention, and about how success was evaluated in your home.
  • Read Colossians 1:15-20. What has God created that amazes you the most? Take some time as a group to praise and thank God for His incredible handiwork together.
  • Do you struggle with idolatry today? What created thing are you tempted to worship rather than worshipping the Creator Himself?
  • Read Romans 1:26-32. Which of these sin areas have you seen the most positive growth and change in your life? Which are the most tempting for you?
  • Read Romans 5:6-9. How do the truths of this passage impact you today? Do you truly feel justified and saved, or are you still trying to earn your way with God?
No Favorites With God
18.October.2020
Romans 2:1-11

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Have you had occasion to be in front of a judge in a courtroom? What was that experience like? Describe the demeanor of the judge. Was she/he fair? Irritable? Calm? Did you find yourself trusting the judge, or did you have skepticism?
  • Read Romans 2:1-2. Describe a situation where you’ve found yourself judging another person and then realized you are guilty of the exact same things.
  • Read Romans 2:4. How have you personally experienced God’s kindness, restraint, and patience?
  • Many people end up putting their faith in Jesus as a result of having experienced the consequences of their own sin. Have you had that experience? How has God’s kindness (in being patient through your sin) led you to repentance?
  • Romans 2:11 says there is no favoritism with God. Take a look at this Got Questions article about favoritism. What is favoritism? Are you tempted to play favorites? Have you been the victim of favoritism? Discuss why it is important to resist favoritism within the church.
Misplaced Confidence
25.October.2020
Romans 2:12-24

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Think about the environment you were raised in. How does that impact your life as a follower of Jesus now?
  • Read Romans 2:15 and think about your conscience. How does it work alongside Scripture in your Christian life?
  • Where does your confidence tend to be regarding your standing with God? In things you do or what Jesus has already done for you?
  • How can you begin to rest in the finished work of Jesus in your life? How would confidence in that truth change how you live your daily life?
Curating Salvation
1.November.2020
Romans 2:25-3:4

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • What are some things that are commonly said about people when they die? Consider the following: “she’s in a better place” or “he’s finally at peace” or “we’ll see them again someday.” Do you believe these statements? What has been your perspective about what happens to people when they die?
  • What was the spiritual significance of circumcision for the Jews in the Bible? In Romans 2:25-29, Paul talks about the circumcision of the heart. What was Paul’s challenge for the Jews? How does this apply in your own life?
  • Read Romans 2:29. Do you seek praise from people more than you seek praise from God? In what ways are you tempted to clean the outside of your cup? How do you posture yourself in a way that causes people to think more highly of you because of your curated outward image?
  • Read I Samuel 16:7. How’s your heart? Do you believe God knows all the inward things, the things we tend to keep hidden? How do you feel about that?
  • Read Romans 5:8-9. What do these verses say about the unending grace and mercy of God?
No One Is Righteous
8.November.2020
Romans 3:5-20

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • How does Romans 3:9-20 shatter common ideas about what it means to “be a good person”?
  • How does the doctrine of Total Depravity (the teaching that we are thoroughly corrupt in our nature, actions, and motives) both humble us before God’s holiness and prevent us from being able to look down on others?
  • In what ways are you tempted to trust in and defend your own morality instead of counting on Jesus’ perfect righteousness for salvation?
  • How much has the undeserved love and grace of Jesus impacted your outlook on current events and personal relationships during our chaotic time?
You're Not All That (But You Are)
15.November.2020
Romans 3:21-31

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • What do you tend to brag about? Why do you think people brag in general?
  • If you were asked to boil down the Gospel in two or three sentences, how would you do it? Romans 3:21-31 is one of the clearest descriptions of the Gospel in the Bible. Take a few minutes with your Life Group to summarize the key Gospel truths found in this passage.
  • What is the mercy seat? What is the significance of God “presenting” Jesus as the mercy seat on our behalf?
  • Romans 3:28 says, “for we conclude that a person is justified by faith.” Describe your own faith. In what ways are you tempted to try to justify yourself? What will help you remember that, in Christ, you are already fully justified?
No Extra Credit Here
22.November.2020
Romans 4:1-15

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Justification by faith is a large and deep topic/doctrine. What about it do you understand? What are some parts of it that you have difficulty understanding or believing in?
  • Do you ever feel that God owes you something, or you deserve for something good to happen in your life? If so, what were some of these moments like? What led to this type of feeling?
  • Read all of Psalm 32. Share some reflections on the Psalm, particularly revolving around joy in recalling that your sins being covered by Jesus. Is this a common feeling you have?
  • How does your right standing with God because of Jesus Christ affect your interpersonal relationships? Are you able to freely confess, repent, and seek forgiveness for any wrongdoings with others?
The Last Laugh
29.November.2020
Romans 4:13-25

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Describe something that has happened in your life that could not be explained apart from God’s influence.
  • Have you ever prayed earnestly for something, hoping against hope, and been disappointed with the outcome? How did you respond?
  • Describe the faith of Abraham. What was the promise God made to Abraham? Why was this promise difficult for Abraham to believe?
  • As a group, make a list of promises from the Bible that you find encouraging. Here are some examples. Have each person pick one favorite promise, and encourage them to reflect on that promise daily during the next week.
  • What are some God sized prayers you can pray as a Life Group? Take a few minutes to pray together for people and situations that need God’s influence in order to change.
Sola Fide
6.December.2020
Romans 5:1-5

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Other than Jesus, what are some of the places where people in our culture turn to for hope? Why are these appealing? What makes them insufficient?
  • In what ways are you tempted to justify yourself based on your works? Have you, like Martin Luther, had a moment when you truly understood that your are justified (or “made righteous”) solely by faith in Jesus? How did that realization change your life?
  • Describe a recent affliction you faced. How did you handle it? Why is it important to rejoice (or “boast”) in the midst of affliction? Why is it difficult to do this?
  • Read Ephesians 2:8-9 out loud a few times. What are the important truths found within this passage? How would your life be different if you lived as though you believed the truths found in Ephesians 2:8-9?
God Proves His Love
13.December.2020
Romans 5:6-11

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Describe a situation or season in your life when you felt completely helpless. Is being helpless more of a positive or a negative feeling, or could it be both?
  • From Romans 5:6-11, what WAS true of each of us prior to God’s intervention? How would you describe the love of a God sent His Son to die for helpless, ungodly, sinful people who had made themselves His enemies?
  • From Romans 5:6-11, what IS true of each person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ? What does it mean to be reconciled to God? What does it mean to be justified?
  • From Romans 5:6-11, what WILL Be true of each person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ? How would you describe the future that awaits?
  • How is our study of the book of Romans impacting your life?
In Adam, In Christ
20.December.2020
Romans 5:12-21

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • What are some examples of “bad news” and “good news” that have been significant in your life? Why were they so significant?
  • Our culture encourages “rugged individualism.” What aspects of your spiritual life do you see the desire to be too individualistic? Where do you need to include others in your spiritual life?
  • Read Romans 5:15-19. What “good news” encourages you the most from this passage? Why?
  • Do you have a hard time accepting gifts? Why or why not? Consider how this answer impacts your spiritual life and the gift of grace we have been offered through Christ’s work on the cross for us.  
Weapons For Righteousness
27.December.2020
Romans 6:1-14

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Have you ever asked the question, “since my sin is covered by grace, can I now just do whatever I want (i.e. sin) knowing that God will forgive me?” When we ask this question, what are we really saying we believe about sin?
  • From Romans 6:1-14, what ought to be our motivation to avoid sin? How is the personal holiness of Christians connected to our effectiveness in proclaiming the Gospel to those who don’t yet know Jesus?
  • Do you believe (really) that Jesus wants what is best for you? In what ways are you tempted to believe that the desires of this world outweigh the glory that awaits those who are in Christ?
  • In Christ, we have the power and the permission to lay aside sin and walk in freedom. Take some time as a group to pray for one another to choose to live in a way that demonstrates trust in God.
Serve The One Who Frees You
03.January.2021
Romans 6:15-23

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • If you had to summarize 2020 with one word or phrase, how would you describe it?
  • Since all of us have to ‘serve somebody’ consider the relationships and obligations in your life that demand something from you. What responsibilities and commitments are you accountable for?
  • When the Bible says that we are naturally “slaves to sin” what does that mean? (Feel free to consult passages like Romans 3:9-20 & Matthew 15:19-20)
  • Read Romans 6:17-19. How does faith in Jesus change our position before God and our relationship toward sin?
  • Considering scripture like Romans 6:21-23 and biblical wisdom, how can Christians experience freedom from sin and joyful service of God?
You Belong To Another
28.February.2021
Romans 7:1-6

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • How would you describe the central message of the book of Romans? Which verses/ideas/truths from Romans have impacted you so far?
  • Read Romans 7:1. What is the “thesis statement” of this section?
  • In Romans 7:2-3 Paul uses marriage as an illustration. What assumptions about marriage does Paul make in this passage? How are those assumptions different from how marriage is seen and promoted in our culture? What is the point he is trying to illustrate?
  • In Romans 7:4 Paul is arguing that we were once “married to the law,” but the law has “died” and we now belong to Jesus. How did your life change when you were united with Jesus?
  • In Romans 7:4-7 Paul says that, in Christ, we are now able to “bear fruit for God” and “serve in the newness of the Spirit.” What are some practical ways you can bear fruit for God by serving others in the coming week?
Blissful Ignorance
7.March.2021
Romans 7:7-13

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Have you ever broken the law? How did you feel afterwards? Did you experience any consequences?
  • What is the Mosaic Law? What has been your understanding of the Mosaic Law in the life of the Christian?
  • In Romans 7:8, Paul says that sin will produce in us the very things that God prohibits. What are some examples of this in your life? How do you go about resisting what sin produces in your life?
  • “Today, we want the kingdom without the king.” (Mark Sayers, pastor) Do you find this statement to be true in our post-Christian world? What are some examples? Why does the truth of the Gospel of Jesus represent the only true hope in this world?
  • Share some ideas and thoughts with your Life Group on how you can remember and apply the Word of God when you find yourself wrestling with sin?
Simul Justus Et Peccator
14.March.2021
Romans 7:14-25

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Have you ever had a moment where you knew what you were doing was wrong, and yet you continued anyway, and the whole time you wondered, “what am I doing?” What are some specific ways you experience the inevitable pull of sin in your own life?
  • What do you tend to do when you recognize the pull of sin in your life? Do you try harder to avoid sin? Do you give up and yield to sin? Based on Romans 7:14-25, what response is Paul advocating we choose in the face of our sin?
  • Read Romans 7:25. What are you thankful for? Share with your Life Group some specific things you’re grateful for.
  • What is the significance of the Lord’s Supper? Beyond the Lord’s Supper, what are some tangible ways you can daily remind yourselves of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross on your behalf?
Free
21.March.2021
Romans 8:1-18

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Talk about a time when you were accused of doing something that you did not do. How did you feel? What was your response?
  • Is your tendency more toward self-condemnation or toward the condemnation of others? What are some of the ways you “beat yourself up,” or develop an attitude of condemnation toward others? How can you remember and apply the truth of Romans 8:1 in these moments?
  • Describe the impact of God’s grace in your life. How should knowing your are saved for eternity affect the way you live today?
  • What have been your circumstances of suffering? What impact did these events have on your heart, your mind, and your faith? How have you seen God’s faithfulness through these circumstances?
  • What specific person(s) would you like to tell about Jesus? What holds you back? Take a few minutes with your Life Group to pray by name for unbelievers you have connections with.
From Groans To Glory
28.March.2021
Romans 8:19-30

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Read Romans 8:22-23 and pay attention to Paul’s discussion of groaning; what does it mean when he says that both creation and Christian people groan?
  • In what ways are you groaning right now?
  • Read Romans 8:26-27 and John 14:16-17. What do these passages tell us about who the Holy Spirit is and how He helps Christians in the midst of their struggles?
  • Read Romans 8:28-29. How does ‘God working all things for the good of those who love Him’ involve Christians becoming more like Jesus?
  • Read Romans 8:29-30 and Colossians 1:18. What assurances are given to Christians and how do these promises give us comfort and courage in the midst of our trials?
More Than Conquerors
4.April.2021
Romans 8:31-39

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • It’s Easter week! Describe the significance of the resurrection of Jesus in the world and in your own life. When emotions do you experience as you consider God’s grace and the sacrificial suffering of Jesus?
  • Read Romans 8:31-39. What stands out to you in this passage? What encourages you? What truth would you most like to remember?
  • How could affliction, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword threaten to separate us from the love of Christ? In what sense are we “more than conquerers” in the face of trials like these?
  • Take some time to pray to thank and praise God for His generosity and mercy in your lives.
Our Burden, God's Mercy
11.April.2021
Romans 9:1-18

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Recap Romans 8 as a life group. What specific verses especially encourage you or challenge you personally?
  • Read Romans 9:1-5. Do you share Paul’s burden for lost people? How is this revealed in your life?
  • How do the sovereignty of God and human responsibility intersect? How does our understanding of this doctrine impact how we live our lives as followers of Jesus?
  • How have you experienced joy in ministering to others? How have you seen God at work in your own life as you live out your faith?
Saved
11.April.2021
Romans 9:1-18

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • As you were growing up what did you believe about how a person could obtain eternal salvation? Where did those beliefs come from? What are some false perceptions people in our culture have about how one obtains eternal salvation?
  • In Philippians 3:4 Paul says, “I have reasons for confidence in the flesh.” How about you? In what ways are you tempted to try to validate yourself based on your own works or earthly credentials?
  • In Romans 9:2 Paul says, “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart,” because of his brothers and sisters who don’t yet know Jesus. Who do you have that kind of burden for? Who are you praying for, inviting, and including so you can hopefully tell them about Jesus?
  • Do you live in a way that causes others to know you belong to Jesus? What are some specific opportunities you may have to do this?
Sovereign and Merciful Election
11.April.2021
Romans 9:1-18

Conversation with your Life Group:

  • Read Romans 9:1-3. How did Paul feel about (his own) people that had not accepted Christ? Do you feel a similar burden; why or why not?
  • Considering Romans 9:4-8 and other Old Testament references that come to mind, what are some ways God worked in the past with the people of Israel? Why did all of these remarkable items not necessarily ensure that all Jewish people would have a saving faith in Christ?
  • Read Ephesians 1:4-6 and Romans 9:11-12. What do these passages say about the role of God and the role (or lack thereof) of people in salvation.
  • Romans 9:14-18 raises the question of whether or not God is just in electing some for salvation but not others. How do you process these verses and how might God’s character resolve this tension in a way that shows Him too immune to criticism? If you want more insight, see Exodus 33:12-33.
  • Generally speaking, how comfortable are you with thinking about God in ways that are complicated, paradoxical, & mysterious? Specifically, how do you think human free will and God’s eternal plan might be able to coexist?