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1 Sam. 4
Rom. 4
1 Sam. 5–6
Rom. 5
1 Sam. 7–8
Rom. 6
1 Sam. 9
Rom. 7
1 Sam. 10
Rom. 8
1 Sam. 11
Rom. 9
1 Sam. 12
Rom. 10

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

This week we are in the heart of Scripture’s teaching on what are often called the Doctrines of Grace. These doctrines teach us that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves; rather, our salvation is entirely dependent on the kindness of God which He freely gives to those whom He chooses. In Romans 7 we see that man is hopelessly inclined toward sin. In Romans 8, we read of the power and kindness of God in adopting us as His children and sending His Spirit into our hearts to bear witness to that adoption. Later in Romans 8, we read that all the glory for every aspect of our salvation belongs to God alone:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:28–30)

Romans 9 teaches us to tremble at the thought of questioning God’s wisdom in saving some and damning others. Finally, Romans 10 assures us that anyone who believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ will be saved, which means we should not lose heart but should continue preaching the gospel, because it is only through preaching the good news that more will come to saving faith in Jesus.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
—Romans 10:9

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for being a Father to the fatherless.
  • Confession – Confess times you have questioned God’s wisdom.
  • Thanksgiving – “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanksbe to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24–25)
  • Supplication – Pray for the continued spread of the Gospel in your neighborhood, in Cincinnati, in Ohio, in the US, and throughout the world.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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