What Joy

Series: Recalibrate | Week 4: Spiritual Fathers and Mothers

Day Two Romans 4:6-10 What Joy

Pray: Invite God into your time and ask Him to speak to you, then read the passage.

6David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it:
7“Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sins are put out of sight.
8Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”
9Now, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it also for uncircumcised Gentiles?Well, we have been saying that Abraham was counted as righteous by God because of his faith.10But how did this happen? Was he counted as righteous only after he was circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? Clearly, God accepted Abraham before he was circumcised! – Romans 4:6-10 (NLT)

Discover: Use the Discover section of your Recalibrate journal to write down your answers to the following observation and interpretation questions.

  1. What second Old Testament hero does Paul quote to prove righteousness doesn't come through works?
  2. When was Abraham counted righteous (verse 10)? See Genesis 15-17 for more
  3. As a result, who is the blessing of righteousness for (verse 9)?

Respond: Use the Respond section of your Recalibrate journal to answer the following application prompts.

  1. What does this passage teach me about God?
  2. How does this aspect of His character change my view of self and others?
  3. What should I do in response and when?

For Further Reading
What does Romans chapter 4 mean? A summary from bibleref.com.

For Families with Kids at Home:
In the Old Testament, people believed that only special groups of people could be friends with God. But Paul shows us that ANYONE and EVERYONE can be friends with God if they put their faith in Jesus! Take time to pray with your kids and thank God that anyone and everyone can be friends with Him because of Jesus.

*If you don't have a Recalibrate journal, you can use any journal available to you to write down your responses.

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