We are studying Romans chapters 6-8. This is a coed group of adults. All over age 45. You might not know that by last night’s discussion.
Normally we have great discussions. Everyone does their homework and we all participate in discussion. Ron Duncan is a great leader: he asks open-ended questions, uses the leaders guide, doesn’t teach, etc.
Last night we had Bible study on our porch. Discussion was a bit different than usual.
Here is how the first twenty minutes went:
Ron: let’s get started.
D2: Someone needs to mow.
K: Advantage of wildflowers. I don’t have to mow as long as they are blooming.
D1: They sure are pretty.
M: The neighbors aren’t mowing.
Ron: Let’s open in prayer. (He prays)
Ron: ok. let’s review. What are we studying? Who wrote it and why?
K: Paul. To the Jewish and gentile believers at Rome.
M: To encourage them
K: To instruct them to be obedient to the faith.
M: And to warn them against dissension that could cause division.
Ron: Good! What’s the overall theme of Romans?
M: We are justified by faith and not by works.
K: The gospel is the power to save for all who believe.
D2: We are saved by faith
K: and out of that justification come good works and obedience.
Ron: Yes! Great! Let’s look at chapter one. What’s chapter one about?
K: Second half of chapter one is bad bartering.
M: buy high sell low.
K: They exchanged God’s truth for a lie.
(Loud squawking from the shade tree by the porch)
R: That sounds like the baby hawk.
K: It’s too early for the baby hawk to be flying this far from its nest. I wonder what kind of bird that is?
T: It’s loud! (Looks up) There it is! On that branch right there.
M: I hope it doesn’t poop on you.
Ron: What group is addressed in chapter two?
D1: Those who follow the law.
Ron: What’s Paul say about that?
M: The law cannot save us. Salvation is by faith, not the law.
K: And true circumcision vs circumcision of the flesh. (Gets up to go inside.)
Ron: What is chapter three about?
D1: Chapter three addresses we are without excuse. Jews, Greeks, all have sinned and need a savior.
(K comes back outside with a plate of cookies.)
M: Ooh! Hot cookies!
D1: That bird may….
M: iced cookies!
Ron: What does chapter four teach us? Who is mentioned?
D2: Chapter four talks about Abraham. We are his sons if we have faith in Christ Jesus. (D2 and K sing Father Abraham has many sons)
K: Look!! A blue bird! I haven’t seen one here before! We need a bluebird house.
M: I hate grackles. (nuisance birds that thrive around fast food joints)
D2: I love the road runners. My father-in-law almost set the house on fire trying to kill a woodpecker.
D1: he was killing wasps.
D2: oh. But he killed the woodpecker.
D1: It had made a big hole in the side of the house. He shot it with a shotgun.
K: Oh! Didn’t that…
D1: Yup. Made a bigger hole. But got the bird.
K: We had a flock of turkeys here last week.
R: Look! A scissortail fly catcher on that t post!
K: State bird of Oklahoma.
Ron: Chapter five. What’s chapter five about?
D1: Adam brought sin. And Moses???
Ron: Uhm. Not Moses.
K: By one man sin came into the world and by one man we can be saved??
Ron: What word is repeated?
K: By faith we receive the free gift of righteousness that leads to eternal life.
D2: Look at that deer!! She’s beautiful!
Ron: Ok. Moving on to chapter six…
M: Hey! You put the cold cookies on our table!
D1: We like hot cookies! But you can have one each.
R: Do you need milk to dip your cookies in.
Ron: I lost control before I ever had it.
I’m not sure he’s going to let us meet on the porch again.
But we had a great discussion. We spent an hour on chapter six. Really! We actually discussed chapter six with only a few distractions. Good stuff! Then we all sat on the porch talking about life and eating cookies for another hour.
I love this Bible Study Group.