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March 10 - Graciously Grafted (Romans 11:11-22)

Prepare for Sunday worship by using the guide below.

Daylight Saving Time

Please remember to set your clocks ahead this Saturday night, March 9 for Daylight Saving Time. We will serve coffee and donuts in the lobby Sunday morning from 8:30-10:00am for you to enjoy!

Worship Songs

Jesus Son Of God
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
Jesus Thank You
Be Thou My Vision

Adult Education

Josh Herring will continue teaching a series on the Old Testament: History of Israel. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.

Romans 11:11-22

11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing rootof the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. 

Summary

Is God finished with Israel? Paul's answer is an emphatic, no. In the last passage, Paul has already shown that not all Jews rejected Jesus, for Paul believed as well as many in the early church as recorded in the early chapters of the book of Acts. So then how do we understand God hardening Israel? Today we get to see behind the curtain so to speak.  We get to peer into the dark mystery of salvation and see God’s purpose in the hardening of Israel. It was God's intention that in the hardening of Israel, the Gentiles would find faith and it will be through the Gentiles finding faith that will lead Israel back to her Messiah. God's ways are inscrutable and beyond tracing out but they lead to his glory and our happiness.

Review and Apply

Explain the stages of God's overall salvation as seen in this passage.  How does Paul work along with his plan?

How would you explain the role of Israel (define the term) in the world?

How does Paul see jealousy work as an aid to evangelism?

How would you rate your joy in the gospel as it pertains to making others jealous to have what you have?

What does it mean to cultivate humility before God and others? Would your friends consider you humble? Expalin.

How does one walk in a godly fear before God? What are some steps in this?

How can you reconcile the promise of security in salvation and warning to continue in salvation?