Scriptures for Meditation and Memory

Romans

2024
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ROMANS in 2024

This year we want to meditate and memorize portions of Romans to help us deepen our understanding of God's love for us through the Gospel of Christ.

Each month you'll find a short passage to read and meditate on, a verse to memorize and some resource questions.

JANUARY

The Power of the Gospel

Romans 1:1-17
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. First,I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. 11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. 14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” 

    Memorize

    Romans 1:16 
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
     

    Finding God's Plan: Resource Questions for Romans

    Romans 1:1-4 - Paul is famous for his greetings at the beginning of letters. He brings a richness and welcome to the words he's about to share. However, in Romans, he takes a distinctive approach by highlighting Jesus as King—a theme he doesn't explore in his other letters. He sets the stage for this letter as the proclamation of the good news about King Jesus, urging us to exalt Him above all else in our lives. 

    Questions to consider:

    • What does it look like whenJesus is exalted in our lives?
    • How can we honor Jesus as King within the dynamics of a marriage?
    • In what ways can a family exalt Jesus and demonstrate His kingship?
    • What practices can promote the exaltation of Jesus within a workplace?
    • How can a church family collectively exalt Jesus in their community? 

    As we delve into Romans, let's keep in mind the profound significance of exalting King Jesus in every facet of our lives. Reflecting on these questions can guide us on this transformative journey.

    FEBRUARY

    The Grace of the Gospel

    Romans 3:21-26
    21But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory ofGod, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

      Memorize

      Romans 3:22b-24
      There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

      Finding God's Plan: Resource Questions for Romans

      In Romans 1:18-21, the passage highlights how both non-believers and believers should be aware of God's wrath when disobedient. It serves as a reminder that God's wrath is not exclusive to those who reject Him; even believers can face consequences if they stray from His teachings. This emphasizes the importance of living in accordance with God's will and the need for repentance and redemption for all, regardless of our faith status. It underscores the universal message of accountability and the call for everyone to align with God's righteous path.

      Questions to consider:

      • With this in mind what does idolatry (putting something else in the place of God) look like in your life in 2024?
      • Who is ensuring that you will stay on God's righteous path?
      • If you don't have someone, who is someone you could ask to hold you accountable?

      March

      The Gospel’s Gift of Righteousness

      Romans 4:3-8
      What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”  

      Memorize

      Romans 4:3
      What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

      Finding God's Plan: Resource Questions for Romans

        APRIL

        God’s Love in the Gospel

        Romans 5:1-11
        Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we wereGod’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of hisSon, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.  

        Memorize

        Romans 5:8
        But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

        Finding God's Plan: Resource Questions for Romans

          MAY

          The New Life of the Gospel

          Romans 6:8-14, 22-23
          8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 Int he same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace… But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in ChristJesus our Lord.  

          Memorize

          Romans 6:23 
          For the wages of sin is death, but thegift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

          Finding God's Plan: Resource Questions for Romans

            JUNE

            The Gospel and the Holy Spirit

            Romans 8:1-17
            1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.Those who live according to the flesh have their minds seton what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with theSpirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 TheSpirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 

              Memorize

              Romans 8:1-2 
              Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  

              Finding God's Plan: Resource Questions for Romans