This Sunday we were on chapter ten of Romans. We’re using The Complete New Testament Resource, Volume 1 from Youth Specialties as a launching pad for the series; I taught the middle school while George F taught the senior high. You can also follow along by listening to our podcast feed (we record the senior high teaching).
In particular, we focused on Romans 10:9-13, with a goal that students would recognize where they have been disappointed with God and why they should trust him anyway. God made a number of promises to the Israelites in the Old Testament. The Israelites, however, failed to live up to their end of the covenant. Certainly the Jews must have wondered if God would negate his promises because of their sin. In this chapter, Paul addressed this issue, highlighting God’s sovereignty and consistency and linking the past to the present and into the future. Just as God has been faithful in the past, he’s faithful in the present and will be faithful in the future. A great follow-up activity as a family would be to read the above passage and then use the following discussion questions:
- Why is it important to believe Jesus was raised from the dead? What difference does it make if he had been raised or not raised?
- Why would this record of God keeping his promises to the Jews be good news to Gentile believers?
- When have you been disappointed with God?
- How would this Scripture help someone when experiencing trials?