Present this pertinent challenge to the class: Have you ever heard anyone say, “Practice what you preach!”? Is your reaction one of feeling criticized? It is not an unreasonable command or request. This concept is paired with the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” Take a look at your own behaviors. Are you living out what you truly believe? It is so much easier to find fault in others, but we need to continually examine ourselves by turning the mirror of God’s Word upon our souls. The Bible addresses this issue, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? … Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:3–5).
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). The biblical metaphor of “the Christian race” is familiar to us. What if we allowed this concept to propel us forward each day? Think about your religious workouts (Bible reading, meditation, prayer, memorization, witnessing, etc.). Do you find that you have hit a wall, or are you advancing in your faith? A steady pace is advised if you want to have endurance until the finish line. Remember that it is a marathon rather than a sprint. Have you discovered that your spiritual “hamstrings” are strained? Be sure to stretch before you begin, and check your heart rate regularly along the way. Strive to set personal records, and reach for your individual best. Invite others to join you side-by-side, and expect those metaphorical endorphins to “kick in.” Run the race victoriously!
Lesson 11 - February 12, 2017
Focus Text: Romans 12:1-13
Central Truth: God's grace obligates us to offer our lives in worship.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list three ways they can be more diligent in service to God or others.
- A Life of Consecration (Romans 12:1, 2)
- A Life of Cooperation (Romans 12:3-8)
- A Life of Service (Romans 12:9-13)
Lesson 7 - January 15, 2017
Focus Text: Romans 8:1-17
Central Truth: We can have victory over sin through Christ's grace.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify some signs of victory in the Christian life.
- The Provision for Victorious Living (Romans 8:1-5)
- The Priority of Victorious Living (Romans 8:6-11)
- The Power of Victorious Living (Romans 8:12-17)
In "Doctrinal Discussion" Omar Lee writes:
Hardly any orthodox Christian will deny that a person who is a Christian should be in a relationship with Christ. What that relationship is may draw widely differing doctrines. Perhaps the two that are most often put forward are these: 1. We are “in Christ.” Therefore, God sees only the righteousness of Christ, and we are accepted by God no matter how we live after being accepted through faith in Christ. 2. Others contend that, while we are “in Christ,” we must also have “Christ in us.” This teaching conforms more closely to the Scriptures. Romans 6:1 asks the question, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” The following verse gives the emphatic answer, “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
See your Adult Insights for the conclusion of Dr. Lee's thoughts.
Source: Studies in Romans: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 32.