February 24 - Beautiful Feet (Romans 10:14-21)
Prepare for Sunday worship by using the guide below.
Jesus You Are Worthy
Jesus Paid It All
Crown Him With Many Crowns
And Can It Be
Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will continue teaching a series on How the Church Works. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for
“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.”
19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,
“I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,
“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”
21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
Consider the good news of last week: Salvation comes to everyone who calls upon Jesus. Think of it. God has done it all. Our response is simply to call upon his name, to confess with the mouth that Jesus is Lord and to believe in the heart that God raised him from the dead. This is what makes us Christians. But how do we call upon the Lord? How are people brought to faith and drawn into the life of the church? In other words, how does God intend to bring the message of salvation to the ends of the earth? Paul reminds the church that now, as ambassadors, we are to take up the task of declaring this gospel that reconciles men and women to God. As you read the passage, you see two truths, one is the call to the necessity of preaching the gospel and the other is the challenge of preaching. One is an offer, the other, a warning.
Review and Apply
From whom did you hear the gospel that led to belief in Jesus?
How does the sequence listed in 14-15 prove the necessity of evangelism?
How ought the knowledge of our salvation by the preaching of the gospel impact our preaching of the gospel to others? Explain the difference in your life.
How would you answer the person who asks, if God has elected the children of promise to salvation, why do I need to evangelize?
How could you have 'beautiful feet' in the next few weeks? Give two or three names of people for whom you can pray.
What does it mean when Paul said, 'it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe' (1 Col 1.18-25)?
What are the top three reasons you remain silent with others over the gospel?
What is the reason Paul gives for Israel's disbelief in 16-21?
How does this accord with the reason for rejecting Jesus today? Is it their fault?
How do Paul's words on those who reject the gospel challenge you as you live, work and interact with non-Christians?
What is the point in the numerous OT passages that Paul refers to in his argument?