For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. (Romans 14:17-18)
As we move on in our study of this most important book in the Bible I would like to do a devotional study of the next section, Romans 14:1-15:13.
Some years ago I remember talking to my brother about Bible study. He was frustrated as a Sunday School teacher because he felt so dependent on his teacher’s manual. Even after hours of preparation he would revert to reading from the manual as he taught because he was afraid he’d forget something important. I suggested he try a different approach. Go directly to the Bible and read a few times the portion to be taught. Then try answering the following questions:
1. What does this portion teach about God the Father…God the Son…God the Holy Spirit?
2. What does it teach about man?
3. Are there any warnings to heed?
4. Are there any commands to obey?
5. Are there any promises to claim by faith?
Other questions could be added. When completing this exercise, draw some conclusions you can apply to your life or to the lives of those you are teaching. Then read over the teacher’s manual or a Bible commentary to see if it agrees, clarifies, expands or qualifies what you have discovered. You will find this process will make the material more your own. You will be able to remember it better and share it with greater confidence.
Not only did it make a difference in my brother’s teaching, it also was the start of a deeper study which led to maturity, spiritual leadership in his church and home, and greater confidence in witness.
Join me in this study. You’ll discover truth that will transform your life.