On Sunday, August 16, 2015 I preached a message at Wildwood Community Church based out of Romans 1:1-7. This message was part one in the “Good News” series. Below are a set of questions for personal reflection or group discussion related to the message.
- Read Romans 1:1-7
- Think of the last time you had bad news to share with someone. Now think of the last time you got to share good news with someone. Compare the two experiences. What was similar about them? What was different?
- When you think about your faith in Christ, do you typically think of that as “Good News” or “Bad News” that you get to share with others?
- In Romans 1:1, 5-6, Paul introduces himself to the Romans (a group of people he had never met in person). What are some of the things Paul says about himself that most stand out to you?
- Paul described himself as a “servant” of Christ Jesus. Do you view yourself as a “servant” of Jesus, or merely as someone with a loose connection to Him? What would it look like if we were truly sold out to Jesus Christ?
- What about your life makes you feel unqualified to share the Good News of Jesus with others? How does Paul answer this question in Romans 1:5?
- In the message, I comment that the Good News of Jesus is sometimes seen as merely “Good Thoughts” or “Good Advice.” Did any of those comparisons resonate with you? What is the difference about Good News, as opposed to advice or thoughts?
- In your best understanding, what is the Good News of Jesus Christ? (If you don’t fully know now, don’t worry! The rest of our study will flesh this out in detail.)
- Who in your life does God want to reach with the Good News of Jesus Christ? How might God use you to share this message with them? Is there a person you might invite back to church during this series to hear more of the Good News of Jesus?
- What are some of the applications/takeaways you have from this morning’s message?
To access the entire “Good News” Study, click here.