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Word One Bible Study: Lent 2 Epistle

Text: Romans 4:1-8,13-17 for the second Sunday in Lent, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of theWord One Bible Study for Lent 2 Epistle.

Objective
Participants will, through studying the examples of some of the great people of the Bible, gain a clearer understanding of how their own faith makes them righteous in God's eyes.

Materials Needed
Bibles
3x5 index cards
pencils

Group Guidelines
Form discussion groups of 5-6 people. The person in each group with the smallest amount of pocket change will serve as leader. The leader will make sure that each person in his/her group has a Bible, an index card and a pencil. During the discussion, the leader will keep the group moving through each exercise, making sure that each group member has a chance to participate.

Building Community
1.Think for a few moments about how you would complete the following sentence:
a.One of my accomplishments that I am particularly proud of is...
2.Take turns sharing your answers. Be sure to tell the group why you are proud of your accomplishment.

Looking at God's Word
The leader may ask for volunteers to read the Bible passages given for each section below.
1.On your index card, write your answer to the following:
a.Most people would define "righteousness" as...
2.Today's assigned reading shows us the examples of the great patriarch Abraham. Read Romans 4:1-8 and 13-17. What are some of the key ideas in this passage. How do they apply to us?
3.Read Hebrews 11:4-7. What else do you know about the people mentioned in this passage? Why do you suppose the epistle writer chose them for his illustration here?
4.According to Ephesians 2:8-9, what are we unable to boast about? What do you have in common with Abraham, Noah and the others we read about?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
1.Pretend that Satan is accusing you before God in an attempt to keep you from entering heaven. How would you answer the following charges?
a."Only the righteous may enter heaven; you're a sinner!"
b."You didn't do as many good deeds as some others who didn't get in. What makes you so special?"
c."You can't just waltz in here. You have to earn it, like Abraham did."
2.Take out your index cards and share among your group the definitions you wrote earlier.
3.Answer the following in your small groups:
a.One thing I discovered about "righteousness" was that...
4.How do your answers compare with the definitions you wrote on your index cards?
5.Reassemble: allow a few minutes for participants to share their discoveries in the large-group setting.

Closing
Sit or stand in a circle and close with a prayer thanking God for calling His children to faith.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in March 2014 for youthESource.



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