Bible Proficiency Project
Week 37, 9/14 - 9/20, 2020

I.     Monday — Romans 12   Reasonable Service

1.     How does Paul use OT sacrifice language to describe Christian living in 12:1?

2.    What do you think reasonable service means?

3.    How should we seek not to be conformed to this world and what does that mean?

4.    Why could the verses 12:9-21 be called the great reversal?

II.    Tuesday —Romans 13 Civil Submission

1.     To what degree are we bound to obey the law of the land?

2.    Should government leaders seek to govern by biblical principles?

3.    In what way does loving our neighbor keep us from owing our neighbor?

4.    What does the principle of verse 11 seek to motivate us to do?

5.    In what ways are you to put on the Lord Jesus Christ [v. 14]?

III.   Wednesday — Romans 14-15:3 Weak & Strong

1.     What do the opening verses teach us about dealing with weaker brothers?

2.    What do we learn from 14:5-6 about observing Christmas Day?  

3.    In what way is Paul teaching us to be sensitive to the beliefs of others in 14:14-23?

4.    What is Paul’s point when he said none of us lives to himself?

5.    How should we respond to those who struggle over things they consider evil according to verses 14-18?

6.    What does the word pursue mean in this verse and what are the things we are to pursue? 

7.    Explain how Paul defined sin in verse 23.

IV.   Thursday – Romans 15:14-16:27  Paul’s Plans

1.     How would you answer someone who says that the Bible was written thousands of years ago and is no

       longer relevant or understood what our culture would be like today?

2.    What did Paul tell the Romans about his missionary work so far and what principle he sought to function

       by?

3.    What hint does Paul give in ch 15:22-29 as to why he wants to come to Rome in the context of his ministry?

4.    What advice does Paul give regarding those who divide the church in 16:17 and why?

5.    What is the mystery kept secret in v. 25?

V.    Sunday — Acts 20:3-21:16  Paul Travels to Jerusalem

1.     In what way is 20:7 a support for Sunday as the Lord’s Day?

2.    Why was the “worship service” in Troas so long [v. 7]?

3.    What did Paul cite in 20:21 as the characteristics of his ministry to the Ephesians’ elders?

4.    In v. 23 Paul was aware by the Holy Spirit that trouble awaited him at Jerusalem, so why did he forge on

       [20:24]?

5.    What does it mean to declare the whole counsel of God [20:27]?

6.    What prophesy was given to Paul during his journey to Jerusalem in ch 21:10?

 

Answers

I.     Monday — Romans 12   Reasonable Service

1.     That in God’s plan the original covenant was to Abraham and the Jews for the benefit of all nations. In that

       process the church has moved from being primarily Jewish to a Gentile church, but in the end the Jewish

       descendants will be grafted back in.

2.    The underlying Greek word for reasonable is where the word logic comes from. It also has the idea of what

       is the real and essential nature of being a living sacrifice to God.

3.    The Christian is to seek to be conformed to every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Anything in

       the world that leads away from that is to be rejected or viewed as empty.

4.    Our fallen tendency is to repay evil with evil. When God’s love becomes our paradigm we repay evil with

       good and seek the good of those bound to sin.

II.    Tuesday —Romans 13 Civil Submission

1.     We are to obey the laws of the land unless they seek to compel us to do anything that is contrary to

       obedience to God’s Law.

2.    Their authority comes from God even if they refuse to acknowledge God and they will be judged in how

       they served in their office.

3.    If we are faithful in how we deal with our neighbor than we will avoid offense and any obligation to them

       contrary to the law. 

4.    We have that much less time to serve God so we should be careful not to waste the time we have left.

5.    This is the putting or walking in the power of the Holy Spirit in such a way as to present yourself as a living

       sacrifice and all that entails.

III.   Wednesday — Romans 14-15:3 Weak & Strong

1.     Essentially when one wants to argue about things that are matters of liberty (adiaphra) we should not

       expend much energy on it. Grant them their freedom to practice how they believe best but not to judge

       others where they have freedom.

2.    Our view of how we are to observe certain days in remembrance of God’s acts are not binding, but if you

       view it as an act of worship is acceptable. One who sees it as a sin and that only the Lord’s Day is to be

       observed then should refrain from such activity.

3.    We should never encourage a fellow believer to do something that they believe is contrary to their

       obedience to God.

4.    The simple answer is that everything we do in life influences those around us, and even after we die our

       life will still impact others.

5.    Paul argued that we should be sensitive to where some struggle and not provoke them when they are

       around even though we might have freedom in that area. See also verse 21.

6.    Pursue is a word that means to do something with intense purpose. The Christian seeks in love to pursue

       their neighbor’s good. This is done by striving to live in peace and to communicate what brings peace as

       well as those things that will build another up.

7.    Anything that one does where he is not fully convinced and believes that he is serving God in obedience

       through that thing is sin.

IV.  Thursday – Romans 15:14-16:27  Paul’s Plans

1.    God is the author and what He revealed in the Bible verse 4 says were meant for our benefit today and

       through all generations. The inspired Word is designed to be the one true source from which one may find

       hope in this life and for the life to come.

2.    He essentially said that he had finished preaching in all the Gentile areas outside of Jerusalem going north

       through Syria, Asia and Greece. Since there were now churches planted  in those areas and the gospel

       was being preached, he now sought a new mission field where the gospel had not been widely

       proclaimed.

3.    He has finished his work in Asia and seeks to move his base of operation to Rome to spread the gospel to

       Europe.

4.    The leaders in the church in particular are charged to be watchmen for the flock. When one comes in who

       seeks to stir up controversy and bring confusion and division in the church they are to be noted and then

       avoided.

5.    That God would call the Gentiles to faith [see Eph. 3:9 & Col 1:26].

V.    Sunday — Acts 20:3-21:16  Paul Travels to Jerusalem

1.     This definitely describes the early church as having adopted the practice of gathering as church on Sunday

       for worship with the ministry of the Word & Sacrament.

2.    Paul was about to depart from them and so they desired to hear him for as long as they could before he

       left.

3.    The ministry of the gospel can be summarized as repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus

       Christ.

4.    Paul viewed his life as a race to the finish line in which all obstacles were to be faced and the gospel was

       to be preached even if it cost him his life. Why? Because his life was not his own but belonged to God.

5.    The minister of the Word is called to preach all aspects of what the Bible declares. Preaching the whole

       counsel means one must avoid preaching only on “pleasant” subjects.

6.    That the Jews would arrest him and turn him over to the Romans.