Community Group Study “Romans 10: Go to all the World”
Read Romans 10:5-17
Each February we have a missions emphasis sermon to encourage us to look for opportunity to support discipleship and evangelism both here in our community and around the world. This study guide will focus in on Romans 10:5-17 to help encourage us to continue to share the gospel and to support those who go out around the world to people who have never heard.
Romans 10 lays out the need for mission and the power of the gospel to save. Paul begins the passage by talking about God’s revelation of righteousness through the law and righteousness through faith. The Old Testament commandments he refers to articulate how someone in Israel ought to live out holiness and dedication to God. Though, Paul earlier in Romans argued that they everyone is unable to keep them fully and the commandments are unable to save you; therefore we need salvation in Christ alone by faith in who he is and what he has done. This faith in Christ is a confession of Christ as Lord, a belief in the resurrection and a practical trusting Christ with your life (Romans 10:9-10, 13). This confession is not just the blind repetition of words, but the overflow of what your heart really trusts; namely that in Christ we are made right with God (justified). A fun side note here… in Romans 10:9 Paul talks about needing to confess “Jesus as Lord” and later on in Romans 10:13 we’re told that everyone “who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”, which is an Old Testament quote telling us if one calls on YHWH (LORD) they will be saved! Paul is purposefully telling us here that Jesus (Lord) is God (YHWH-LORD). Next time you hear someone tell you the Bible does not support the deity of Jesus, you can go back to this passage and show them Paul’s argument.
This offer of life with God and salvation is open to all who’d call on the Lord. Romans 10 presents us with a problem though: not all have heard. Hence Paul’s missionary zeal and the church’s dedication to the great commission throughout the centuries. Romans 10:14-15 tells us of the need for people to go out with the gospel message not only where God has placed them as they live “on mission”, but also to the ends of the earth to people who have never heard. Verse 14 links the idea that they can only call on the one the believe in and they can only believe after they have heard. Verse 15 expands this to call us to go out… “how can they preach unless they are sent?”.
Paul ends this passage with a vivid image quoting Isaiah 53:1 “how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.” The image here is someone who brings back word of victory in battle. Which is essentially what the gospel is. It is a declaration of Christ’s victory over sin and death. This messenger coming back from the battle field in the ancient world would of had tattered and bloodied feet, after essentially completing a hundred mile ultra marathon in sandals, and those are the beautiful feet of one bearing good news. Many of us are fearful of sharing our faith and being exposed to reproach or hostility; but as we faithfully share what we know about Christ to our family, friends, neighbors and co-workers… and as we look for opportunity to support those who go around the world to those who have never heard we too get to to have beautiful feet.
Main idea: faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of Christ. So, we make it our aim to share the gospel where we are and to intentionally support people who go out to those who have not heard.
At your community group:
Take 15-20 minutes to share about how God has been at work in your life, prayer concerns and pray for one another.
How did God speak to you through the scripture and the sermon this week?
Did anything that was shared about the state of missions in the world during the sermon surprise you? What makes the Bay Area a unique place to live? How is God at work in reaching “unreached people groups” around the world?
Have you shared the gospel with someone close to you? What were you feeling and did you see God use the time to either shape your faith or help them understand God in a deeper way?
What are some next steps you can take in supporting global missions?
What are some next steps you can take in making disciples here and now?
Are there any ways your group can support each other to more fully live out a life of mission?