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Romans 4: The Example of Abraham

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Romans.

"It's hopeless." No words are more discouraging than these. Yet sometimes situations appear beyond hope, beyond help. Our natural response during such times is despair and depression.

Abraham knew what it meant to face insurmountable obstacles. He too was hopeless, yet somehow he found renewed reason to hope. For this reason he has become a timeless example and encouragement for us.

Warming Up to God

Recall a situation in which you felt hopeless. What restored you to hope?

Read Romans 4

Discovering the Word

  • According to Paul, how were Old Testament saints, such as Abraham and David, justified (vv. 1-8)?
  • What are some of the differences between justification by faith and by works (vv. 4-8)?
  • It's easy to feel that God accepts us only when we are good. When we feel this way, how can the examples of Abraham and David give us hope?
  • Some people today claim that unless we are baptized we have no hope of being saved. How might Abraham's experience refute this claim?
  • God promised that Abraham and his offspring would inherit the world (v. 13). Who are Abraham's offspring (vv. 13-17)?
  • How does Abraham illustrate our own hopeless predicament as non-Christians and the solution provided in Jesus Christ (vv. 18-25)?

Applying the Word

  • What situation are you currently facing that requires faith in the God of resurrection and creation?
  • How can you demonstrate faith and hope in that situation?

Responding in Prayer

Know that God wants you to have hope. Pray with that assurance.

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