Reading this week: Purpose and Promise
This week we prepare for Paul’s serious look into God’s promises, especially his promises to Israel. First, we need to be convinced that God keeps his promises. Then, we will see what promise-keeping lessons Paul has for God’s New Covenant people.
Monday: Ephesians 1:1-14, God’s purpose and God’s glory
The is my key passage for understanding God’s purpose and promise, and, yes, the key is grace! How have you seen God’s glorious grace at work in your life? What part of the “purpose of his will” (1:11-14) are you most looking forward to?
Tuesday: Romans 9:1-13, God’s purpose in election
Paul uses the story of Isaac and Rebekah to show that his purpose is “not by works but by him who calls.” Where do you identify with this story? How are you assured that you have experienced the call?
Wednesday: Romans 9:14-29, Is God just?
Pharaoh is an illustration of God’s mercy. What most amazes Paul is that any of us are called “beloved” by God! When have you most powerfully known this mercy? Are you convinced that God prepared you for glory?
Thursday: Romans 9:30-10:21, The story of God’s people
Israel’s blessing is our blessing (see 10:12-13)! When did you first know the blessing of “righteousness by faith”? What feet (see 10:14-15) brought that good news to you?
Friday: Romans 11:1-24, There will always be a remnant!
God’s promise is that there will always be a “remnant chosen by grace.” How is today’s remnant related to the visible church? What fruit do you see in your life as one of those “ingrafted branches”?
Saturday: Romans 11:24-36, Celebrating the gospel
That “all Israel will be saved” is supposed to be cause for celebration, not debate. So, how are celebrating that you are included in God’s irrevocable “gifts and call”? Are you really OK trusting God’s plan if you are not able to search out God’s judgment and trace out his paths?