Lesson 16 Romans 9:1-29
Please listen again to the sermon of May 6, re-read Romans 9:1-29 and on your own, or better still, join with one of our small groups during the week and consider these questions, as together we dig deeper.
- Why would Paul think about the unbelief of the majority of Israel after chapter 8?
- What are each of the benefits enjoyed by Israel? (vs. 4-5) And how does each prepare us and point us to Jesus.
- How does Paul account for Jewish unbelief and still defend the promised of God? (vs. 6) How does he illustrate and prove his answer from the Old Testament?
- Consider the story of Jacob and Esau. And then ask why does Paul say it was Jacob that became a child who inherited the promised of Abraham, but Esau did not?
- How does Paul in verse 14-16 refute the charge that God is unfair to some and reject others?
- How would you define predestination? How does it make you feel to think that God chose you? What are the challenges of predestination?
- What does it mean that God hardens? (vs. 17-23) How does Paul then in verses 19-22 refute the charge that God is unfair to chose some and reject others?
- Leaving behind many of the intellectual question that election raises what practical, beneficial effects can this doctrine have on the way you live?