The Gospel in Math Terms :
If you are like me, you might just not have the time or the patience to figure out the Scripture Typer thing. I tried several times and well… I must move on or my heart is not going to be in the right “spirit” for memorizing the Word of God. Memorizing Scripture kind of loses its oompf when it is accompanied by growls and huffs of frustration…
Today is January 30th. If you are with me on the pursuit of memorizing the first chapter of Romans by the end of February then we should be on Romans 1:3 today. Now I must admit that I have not been as pro-active as I want to be in memorizing these first three verses… I just have them memorized because I have read them so many times in teaching through this book.
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,
concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh
One recommendation of memorizing Scripture is to begin with making a list of the first letter of every word…
P, a b o C J, c a a a, s a f t g, w H p b t H p i t h S, c H S, w w b o a d o D a t t f
Another recommendation is to hand write the verse or passage down on a card and read it out loud at least three times a day… I would think you could also take it and type it out three times in a day… maybe get three or four friends to join you in this memorization challenge and text the verses to each other… then you are not only texting them three times a day, but receiving them as well.
The next step is to take it past memorizing the words and discovering what these words mean… this will imbed these words in your heart and mind and soul. I am working on the study for kids… Here are some of the things I shared with the kids as we looked at these verses last Sunday:
I began the lesson with a reminder of our who, what, when, where, why, and how strategy. Then we started with the who, who wrote the book of Romans and then we looked a little at the why it was written to help set the context with a small background lesson into what was going on in the church in Rome. Since we had just finished studying the book of Revelation I took the kids back to Revelation 22…
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.
After this little background we began to look at Romans 1:1-7, but we really only got through verse 1 🙂
Here’s a copy and pasted version of the handouts I am working on as I teach through this book, maybe you can use them with your own children.
Read Romans 1:1, what do we learn about Paul?
He’s a __ __ __ __-__ __ __ __ __ __ __ of Jesus Christ
He’s an __ __ __ __ __ __ __
He’s been __ __ __ apart for the __ __ __ __ __ __ of God
The word bond-servant is “doulos” in the Greek. Read Deuteronomy 15:12-17 to find out what it means to be a bond-servant.
It shall come about if he says to you, “__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __” because he __ __ __ __ __ you and your household.
Read Galatians 1:1, 11-12 what is an apostle?
not sent from __ __ __ nor through the agency of __ __ __
but through J __ __ __ __ C __ __ __ __ __ and G __ __ the Father, who raised him from the dead.
Read Acts 9:1-17 and then look closely at Acts 9:15, what did God say about Paul, how was he set apart?
he is a __ __ __ __ __ __ instrument of M __ __ __, to bear My __ __ __ __ among the
G __ __ __ __ __ __ __ and k __ __ __ __ and the __ __ __ __ of Israel.
Read Ephesians 2:10:
what have you been set apart for?
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
who prepared them for you?
__ __ __
when did He prepare them for you?
__ __ __ __ __ __ hand
THINK ABOUT IT…
If Paul was a bond-servant he was completely dependent upon his master. His Master gives him his orders and his Master gives him everything he needs to fulfill those orders. If we are a bond-servant of Jesus we must must do what our Master commands and we can do it because we know that our Master will give us what we need to do what He commands. Do your parents tell you to do something that they know you are unable to do? No, they give you chores and instructions that they know that you can do because they have given you the knowledge and tools to complete the task. If your parents do this, do you think that God will too?