For our study, it’s important to read all of Romans 10, but here I will list some of the verses that jumped off the page for me:
I readily admit that the Jews are impressively energetic regarding God—but they are doing everything exactly backward. They don’t seem to realize that this comprehensive setting-things-right that is salvation is God’s business… (2, MSG)
For the Christ is the end of the law. And because of him, God has transferred his perfect righteousness to all who believe. (4, TPT)
The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart. (8, NLT)
You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me! (10, MSG)
Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to. (17, MSG)Romans 10
Paul doesn’t start with theology in this section of his letter. He starts with heart-felt emotion. For that reason, let’s have our charts of verses 1-5 reveal our hearts.
|God’s Heart||Paul’s Heart||Our Hearts|
|What does God offer us?||His heart is broken, and he just can’t stop sharing about it.||Do we have something in common with Paul|
|God had a special mission for Paul.||Look at Paul’s journeys. Where did he usually go first when he entered new territory?||How do you fulfill God’s commission for you?|
Cause and effect, offer and reject, give and take. That’s the story in Romans 10:6-21.
|God’s Salvation||People’s Response|
|What does God offer? |
What does He require of us?
|Who’s in charge of your life?|
Do I hear and understand?
Is it all up to me?
God offers. How do you respond?
Tell God what’s on your heart today.
Draw him a picture of your response.
Come back tomorrow: same time, same place. We can have a conversation about Romans 10:
- Read my half of the conversation and talk to your computer.
- Use the comment section to share the verse(s) that jumped off the page at you as you read Romans 10.
- Send me an email with your picture.