Bible Proficiency Project
Week 35, 8/31 - 9/6, 2020

I.     Monday — 2Corinthians 12-13   Paul’s Heavenly Vision

1.     To what vision does Paul refer?

2.    What is meant by the term 3rd heaven?

3.    Why did Paul take “pleasure” (v. 10) in a thorn given to him in the flesh?

4.    In what area was Corinth inferior to other churches according to v. 8?

5.    [12:13-15] Why did Paul not require support from them and what was the result that he showed him he was

       wrong to have done that?

6.    In chapter 13 what was Paul’s concern that led him to exhort them to examine and test themselves?

7.    Why do you think Paul uses the phrase “the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” in the closing

       benediction?

II.    Tuesday — Acts 20:2-3a, Romans 1:1-17  Greeting & Theme

1.     Where was Paul fleeing from and where did he end up after travels through Macedonia?

2.    By what elements does Paul introduce his authority to the Romans?

3.    Why did Paul desire to go to Rome [10]?

4.    How does Paul define the gospel?

III.   Wednesday — Romans 1:18-3:20 Universal Sinfulness

1.     [1:18 & 24] How is the wrath of God revealed?

2.    [1:19-20] What in particular does creation reveal about God?

3.    How does the sinner demonstrate this sense of God and what does he do with it?

4.    [1:24-32] What is the primary manifestation of this curse on the sinful nature?

5.    [2:2-3] How is God’s judgment different from man’s?

6.    [2:4] What is the only escape from man’s sins?

7.    [2:12-16] How does the Law function in condemning man?

8.    [3:1-8] How does Paul handle the question of what advantage the Jew has?

9.    [3:9-20] What is true of every human being?

IV.   Thursday – Romans 3:21-5:21 Justification

1.     Since salvation is based on faith and not works is the Law still important?

2.    What argument did Paul use to show Abraham was justified by faith?

3.    [4:5-8] What element does David’s words add to how we become righteous?

4.    [5:6] Does Jesus die for the godly or the ungodly? 

5.    [5:12-21] Explain biblical “Federal Headship” from Romans 5? 

V.    Sunday — Romans 6 Sin Broken

1.     [v. 1 & v. 15] How did Paul respond to the idea that the Christian no longer has to worry about sinning?

2.    What happens when we are baptized into Jesus' death?  

3.    What does the word likeness mean in this passage?

4.    [6:14] What does it mean that the Christian is under grace?

5.    What point did Paul make about being freed from being slaves to sin?

6.    How did Paul sum this topic up in verse 23? 

Answers

I.     Monday — 2Corinthians 12-13   Paul’s Heavenly Vision

1.     He said that this was a vision that occurred 14 years previously. Most believe he refers to his experience on

       the Road to Damascus or during that period of his conversion. He understood that he was elevated to

       appear before the Christ to be commissioned into the apostleship. And yet he had not made mention to

       this all this time out of a desire not to appear to boast concerning himself.

2.    That this was a place that is above the earth and the skies to the place where God dwells in a spiritual

       realm.

3.    There was much that Paul could have boasted about, however, the Lord explained that the thorn was given

       to remind and humble him that God’s grace was sufficient for him to perform his ministry and that by it Paul

       would see that it was in God’s strength that one is to go forward. Paul declared that it was through his

       weakness that the power of the gospel becomes the focus.

4.    Paul was not supported by the church in Corinth while he labored there twice before. He had to depend on

       his labor tent-making and gifts from other churches.

5.    He had a deep love for them that drove him not to require anything of them but to sacrifice as a parent

       does for their children. However, the result was that the more he sacrificed for their good the less they

       appreciated his work.

6.    From the descriptions at the end of chapter 12, it appeared that there were still serious problems of

       unrepentant sin and a questioning Paul’s apostleship that led Paul to fear that they may not be saved.

7.    This is a curious but purposeful choice of words given that this is a church that seems to be tearing itself

       apart with contentions and divisions. Throughout the two letters, Paul’s primary purpose has been to direct

       them to work at unity in Christ together as a congregation.

II.    Tuesday — Acts 20:2-3a, Romans 1:1-17  Greeting & Theme

1.     He had fled Ephesus and traveled through Macedonia heading south. He landed in Greece for 3 months.

2.    The opening focus is upon Paul coming as one bound (enslaved) to Jesus Christ whose authority arises out

       of God’s promises throughout history, culminating in the resurrection of Jesus by the power of the Holy

       Spirit.

3.    Paul said it was to seek to establish them as a Christian church and ultimately as a missions center to the

       western world. Thus, he emphasized that his goal was to preach the gospel.

4.    It is the good news that in it the righteousness of God is revealed so that the just (those who are made right

       with God) shall live by faith.

III.   Wednesday — Romans 1:18-3:20 Universal Sinfulness

1.     God makes clear through creation that He can be known, but God gave them up (hands them over) to

       uncleanness due to their rejection of God.

2.    Paul’s first implication is to the image of God in man that gives him that sense of God by which man

       understands righteousness through the activity of the conscience. The second declaration is that the

       creation itself manifests God’s attributes of power and wisdom as Creator – lately referred to as intelligent

       design.

3.    They become foolish and while claiming to be wise seek to worship made-up gods from created things.

4.    Paul points to sexual immorality as the chief of sins but goes on to list sins of selfishness and violence

       against others.

5.    God judges in truth as the holy God, but man condemns others of the very things they do (hypocritical).

6.    It is only the goodness of God that man is saved.

7.    The Jews by the Law revealed, and the Gentiles show the “work of the law” upon the heart. Man as a moral

       creature reveals this.

8.    There is a great advantage to having the Word of God. But without a changed life that does the law, it is of

       no benefit. Thus, Paul said that Jews had no upper hand over the Gentile by their nature.

9.    We are not justified by works because all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory or standard by which we

       are judged.

IV.  Thursday – Romans 3:21-5:21 Justification

1.     Paul said in verse 31 that the Christian who is saved by faith then is to establish (maintain the validity of) the

       Law.

2.    Abraham believed God before the Law had ever been given. Abraham believed and then acted.

3.    The imputation of righteousness which pointed forward to the work of Christ.

4.    Paul said the ungodly, Jesus said He came to save sinners.

5.    One man represents and determines what will happen to the whole. Adam as the first Federal head to sin

       and death, Jesus as second to life.

V.   Sunday — Romans 6 Sin Broken

1.     He rejects the idea that a Christian can freely sin because all sins are forgiven in Christ.

2.    The point here is that when the believer is united to Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit their sins are

       taken to Christ but the righteousness of Christ replaces the sinful nature so that as Christ is resurrected to

       life, so the believer is also spiritually.

3.    It is a word meaning the same thing or similar to.

4.    The Christian does not live as one constrained by an outward keeping of the law through self-effort but live

       according to the power and joy of salvation that comes through grace.

5.    When one is freed from slavery to sin they receive a new master so that the Christian is now a slave to God

       with the fruit being one of service to righteousness.

6.    That being under the law will result in death, but that when one is united to Christ it brings eternal life as

        the gift of God’s goodness extended to the sinner.