Weekly Study Questions

Romans 1:16-17, "Not Ashamed"

  1. What is the gospel of Jesus Christ?  What are the essential elements that make the gospel the gospel?  See 1 Cor. 15: 1-4.
  2. How important is the bad news of sin to the good news that is found in Jesus?  Explain why sin is so vital to the gospel being the gospel?
  3. How important is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead to the gospel being really "good news"?  Why?  (see Romans 1:4) What would the gospel be without the resurrection?
  4. Why do you think Paul feels it necessary to explain to the believers in Rome that he is not ashamed of the gospel?  Why is Paul not ashamed?
  5. Given the context of Romans chapter one, what might be some of the possible reasons (from the world's standpoint) Paul would have to be ashamed of the gospel?
  6. What does it mean that the gospel is the power of God for salvation? In what way is the gospel powerful?
  7. According to 1 Cor. 1: 18-25 what does the gospel have the power to do?
  8. In what way is the power of the Gospel realized through belief? See Romans 1:17, Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5,6 What does this power do in and through the believer?
  9. In what way does the gospel have power in relation to unbelievers?  John 3: 19-21
  10. In what way is the righteousness of God revealed in the Gospel?  What is that righteousness, and what does it look like?
  11. In what way, have we/you experienced the power of God so that we can declare along with Paul "We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ..."?
  12. In what way(s) does the Gospel enable each of us to live righteous lives in a world that is committed to making unrighteous the acceptable norm?
  13. In what way has God spoken to you through the Apostles words in Romans 1:16-17?  In what ways, can you and I live today that demonstrates that we are not ashamed of the gospel...?
  14. What am I going to do with what God has revealed to me through Romans 1 this coming week and beyond?