May

May 1st – Proverbs 27

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What does verse 6 mean when it says that wounds from a friend can be trusted? What does this imply that true friends are willing to do? Do you have any friends like that? Are you a friend like that?
  • What is meant by verse 17? Give some examples of how someone else has sharpened you. Are you willing to be used by God to sharpen someone else? Why or why not?

May 2nd – Proverbs 28

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What does it mean to turn a deaf ear to the Law in verse 9? Are there any ways you have turned a deaf ear to God’s word, sections of it you are knowingly ignoring? What does this verse say about the prayer of a person who does this?
  • What are some ways that we tend to conceal our sins? What motivates us to do this? What does verse 13 say about those who conceal their sins? Do you have anyone who you confess your sins to? If not why not? What does verse 13 say about those who confess and renounce their sins?

May 3rd – Proverbs 29

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • How does a fool respond to his anger according to verse 11? What does this look like? How is the wise man different in how he responds to his anger? Which one are you more like and why?
  • In what ways can the fear of man be a snare? In what areas of life are you susceptible to the fear of man? How does it affect how you live your life? How does trusting in the Lord defuse our fear of man?

May 4th – Proverbs 30

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What are the two things that the author asks of the Lord? What reason does he give for asking for neither poverty nor riches? Whose glory is the author concerned about? How is your perspective of finances different? What two things would you ask of the Lord?
  • In verses 11-14 the author describes several different types of sinful people, which of these sins is an area you struggle with? Why are teeth described as swords, and jaws as knives? Describe a time when you used your words as weapons.

May 5th – Proverbs 31

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • Describe the wife of noble character in your own words. Verse 28 describes children and husband blessing and praising their mother/wife, how have you praised your mother, your wife? With mother’s day approaching look for concrete ways to honor and praise your mother/wife!
  • What type of women are praised by our culture? According to verse 30 what kind of woman is praised by God and ought to be praised by men? What does this type of woman look like? Ladies do you seek more charm and beauty or growth in the fear of God?

May 6th – Psalm 17

  • David prays in this Psalm confident that God would not find anything wrong in his heart, what would God find if he examined your heart today? Are there some things that you need to confess to him to prepare for worship tomorrow?
  • David prays with the certain expectation that God will answer him, do you pray like that? Why or why not? What are you praying about that God has answered recently? What are you still waiting on him to answer?
  • Who do you think David is asking God to rescue him from? What adversaries might you ask God to rescue you (his church) from? How might these adversaries seek to destroy the church?

May 7th – Romans 1:1-17

  • What was the calling that God graciously gave to Paul? (v5) How could God use you in our town to call others to the obedience of Faith? Is there someone you feel God has called you to share the Gospel with? When can you share with them about Christ?
  • What do you think it was about the faith of the Roman church that caused it to be reported all over the world? How is your faith displayed in your life? What would others say about your faith if they were telling others about it?
  • If we were ashamed of God’s Gospel, what evidence would there be in our lives? Are you ashamed of the Gospel? If so why and in what way? If not what keeps you from sharing it more often?

May 8th Romans 1:18-32

  • Why are men without excuse according to verse 20? What does this mean, to be “without excuse”? How does this affect the urgency of missions?
  • What are some examples of the “fruit” of the sinful desires of our hearts and a depraved mind? What created things are we most likely to want to worship instead of God in our country? What idols entice your heart?
  • In what ways do we see our world not only doing wicked things but also approving of those who do them? Are there any things that God tells us are sins that you are tempted to continue to do, or to approve of those who do them? Where does this come from?

May 9th – Romans 2:1-16

  • As you look at your heart do you see stubbornness and unrepentance in any area of sin in your life? Why are you so unwilling to repent in this area of your life? What does verse 5 say this kind of stubbornness and unrepentance leads to?
  • What is promised in this passage for those who do evil? What is promised to those who do good? What does this suggest about how important it is to God that we live obedient lives motivated by our faith?
  • How does your heart react to a verse like verse 16? What are the secrets of your life that you think of when you read this verse? Does knowing that God knows them and will judge them motivate you to repent of those things? What does it mean to repent?

May 10th Romans 2:17-29

  • What is Paul seemingly accusing the Jews of in this passage? As you look at your own life where might you be guilty of the same thing?
  • What do you think people in the world, unbelievers, think about God from watching your life?
  • What does Paul mean by saying that a man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly? When he refers to circumcision of the heart, what is he referring to? What evidence is there in your heart that your claim to be a Christian is more than just outward?

May 11th Romans 3:1-20

  • Is God’s faithfulness dependent on our faithfulness? Explain your answer. Can you think of an example of how God has shown his faithfulness to you in your life!
  • Does God’s unconditional faithfulness give us license to sin? Why or why not? Have you ever found yourself thinking the phrase “let us do evil that good may result” found in verse 8? What is wrong with this way of thinking?
  • In your own words describe what verses 10-18 teach us about all mankind. Have you ever felt that God sees you as more righteous by observing the law (Word of God)? Given what Scripture says about that in this passage why are we so prone to think this way?

May 12th Romans 3:21-31

  • Describe the righteousness that Paul says has now been made known to us. How is faith related to this righteousness? To whom is this righteousness given?
  • What does it mean to be justified? What does our justification cost us? How is God able to justify us and remain just when we are so sinful?
  • Why does Paul say that there can be no boasting? Why are we so tempted to boast in our acts of righteousness? In light of this passage what would be a more Biblical way to think about our acts of righteousness?

May 13th – Psalm 18

  • How does the Psalmist describe his God? When you pray what descriptions of God come to your mind? Which description of God from this Psalm is the most meaningful to you, and why?
  • Describe the emotions expressed by the Psalmist at his situation. Have you ever felt a similar way? How did God answer the Psalmist? How did God answer you?
  • Which provision of God in verses 32-36 means the most to you? What are some specific ways God has shown up and provided for you in your life? What enemies has the Lord helped you defeat?

May 14th – Romans 4

  • How did God respond to Abraham’s faith? How does Paul describe the difference between Abraham’s faith and works? (vs. 4)
  • What was the significance of Abraham’s faith coming before his circumcision? Describe how Abraham can be the father of both the uncircumcised believer and the circumcised follower of God?
  • How was Abraham’s faith affected by how long it took God to give him an heir? How is your faith in God affected when you have to wait on Him for a long time like Abraham did?

May 15th Romans 5:1-11

What does it mean to be justified? How are we justified according to verse 1? According to verse 9? What is the result of this justification?

Why does Paul say we rejoice in our sufferings? How is his perspective here on suffering different from our natural response to suffering? How has suffering produced perseverance, character and hope in your life?

How does God demonstrate his love for us? What did God require us to do or change before he expressed his love for us in this way? So in your own words describe how God sees you in light of this passage.

May 16th – Romans 5:12-21

What was the result of Adam’s sin for all mankind? How did this prepare mankind for the coming Savior?

What was the result of Jesus Christ’s life and death for those who would believe? What is the gift referred to in this passage?

Why was the law added? As our sin increases what else increases? What reasons do we have to worship God in light of this passage? Spend some time worshiping God for the truths of this passage.

May 17th – Romans 6:1-14

Why shouldn’t we just continue to sin more and more and rely on the great grace of God? What does it mean to die to sin? Is there a sin or sins in your life that you have not yet died to? If so why not?

How is the reality of our conversion demonstrated through the imagery of baptism by immersion? What does it mean that our old self was crucified with him, meaning Jesus? What does Jesus resurrection promise for those of us who have died with Christ in this way?

What does it mean to count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus? In what ways might you be offering the parts of your body to sin as instruments of wickedness? How can you instead offer the parts of your body to God as instruments of righteousness?

May 18th – Romans 6:15-23

Have you ever been tempted to take advantage of God’s grace by thinking that you can sin because God will forgive you anyway? What does verse 16 say will be the result of living that way?

What does it mean that we have been set free from sin in verse 18? Does this mean that we are never going to sin again? What does this tell you about the sin in your life that is persistent and seemingly impossible to root out?

What “fruit” have you reaped from the sins you have committed? What was the hoped for result of those sins in your life before you knew Christ, what did they promise you? What is the “fruit” of being slaves to God?

May 19th Romans 7

Explain what Paul’s illustration from marriage teaches us about our relationship to the law and to God through Christ. For what purpose did we die to the law according to verse 4? What fruit are you bearing for God?

What sins have you been made aware of through reading the Scriptures that you did not know were sins before? How do you respond when God reveals those sins through his word?

Have you ever felt the same struggle that Paul describes in verses 15-24? What are the areas of sin and temptation where you have struggled like this? What does Paul say the solution to this struggle is?

May 20th – Psalm 19

How do the heavens declare the glory of God? What is meant by the statement that there is no language where their voice is not heard? What parts of God’s creation move you most toward worship of our creator?

How does David describe the word of God? Give some examples of when God’s Word has revived your soul, or given you joy. Are the words of God as precious to you as they are to David? How would you describe in your own words the value of God’s word for your life? Use verses 12-14 as a prayer guide as you prepare your heart for worship service tomorrow.

May 21st – Romans 8:1-17

What does it mean that there is no longer any condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus? How is this possible since we are all sinful? Reflect on the amazing truth that a perfect and holy God sent his Son to take the condemnation of your sin, so that you would not have to bear it anymore!

What are some of the desires that the sinful nature seeks after? Are you chasing after any of these desires? How does Paul describe the sinful mind and how it relates to God? How does the person living by the Spirit differ from the sinful person?

How are those who live by the Spirit described? Who lives in us? What is our new relationship to God? In what sense are we heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ? How do we share in his sufferings? Reflect for a moment on the remarkable possibility of us being allowed to share in Christ’s glory, what might that be like?

May 22nd – Romans 8:18-27

What does Paul say that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us? How does this change our perspective on our trials?

What is the creation waiting for? What are we waiting for? How would you describe your hope as a believer to someone who does not know Christ?

How does the Holy Spirit help us according to this passage? What makes Him especially capable to do this? What affect does this knowledge produce in your heart? Why?

May 23rd – Romans 8:28-39

How might God be working out all things for your good today? What areas of your life is this the hardest to see? Why?

Describe a time in your life when you felt like someone was against you. What does it mean in verse 31 that God is for us? What encouragement can we take from this when we feel like others are against us?

What is able to separate us from the love of Godin Christ? What does this tell you about the love God has for you?

May 24th – Romans 9:1-29

Describe Paul’s heart for the Jewish people? Who has God given you a heart to see come to faith in Christ? How can God use you to reach them with the Gospel?

Why did the line of blessing follow Jacob and not Esau? Why does this not make God unjust? What does not depend on man’s desire or effort but on God’s mercy?

What purpose did God raise up Pharaoh? (see Ex 4-12) What was the result of Pharaoh’s hard heart? Can you think of other examples of hard hearted people that God used to bring glory to himself? According to this passage are we all fully accountable for the condition of our heart before God?

May 25th Romans 9:30-10:15

What is the difference between seeking righteousness through faith, and seeking righteousness through works? How are you seeking righteousness, through faith or through works? Explain why you answered the way you did.

Paul describes the Israelites as zealous for God with a zeal that is not based on knowledge, what does he mean by this? Do you know anyone who is zealous in this way without knowledge of the true gospel? Pray for them right now that God would use you to share with them the knowledge they lack.

According to verses 13-15 what is required for people to be saved? What does he mean by the phrase “call on the name of the Lord”? Who in your life is God sending you to to preach the Gospel of Jesus? Will you go to them?

May 26th – Romans 10:16-11:10

Who is God referring to in verse 20? According to verse 21 how is Israel’s response to the message of the Gospel? Are there ways that you are disobedient and obstinate toward the Lord? If so take some time to repent of those things.

How does the story of Elijah help answer the question about whether or not God has rejected Israel? Why is it important that God did not in fact reject Israel? What are the implications if he had?

Why is it important to emphasize that the remnant was chosen by grace and not earned by works?

May 27th Psalm 20

Describe a time when you were in distress and God heard and answered your prayer. What help came from God in those times?

What is being celebrated in the victorious moments? When you see success, and victory in your life, what do you celebrate your accomplishments, or the goodness of God? What difference does it make?

What are we tempted to put our trust in rather than God? What happens to those who trust other things? (v8) what happens to those who trust in God? Are you trusting in God right now? Describe why you answered the way you did.

May 28th – Romans 11:11-24

What has resulted from Israel’s rejection of Jesus? Is God done with Israel, has he written them off? What will accompany Israel’s repentance and restoration with God?

What does it mean that we as gentiles have been “grafted in”? What attitude should we have toward Israel as grafted in branches? What attitude should we not have? Why?

How is God both kind and stern? What does Paul say may happen if Israel does not persist in unbelief? What does this teach us about God’s heart? What possible hope does this give us about those who have fallen away from the faith?

May 29th Romans 11:25-36

- What is happening as a result of Israel’s hardened hearts? What does “all Israel will be saved” mean in verse 26?

- How have you been a recipient of God’s mercy according to verse 30? What other ways does God show his mercy to you? To Israel? To all men?

- How is God described in verses 33-36? If you were to write down an expression of your worship of God for who he is and how he has been at work in your life what would you write? Who can you share that with?

May 30th Romans 12:1-8

- What is meant by “offer your bodies as living sacrifices”? Are you willing to do this? If so in what ways do you do this, what does it look like? Where are you conforming to this world? How are you seeking the transformation of your mind?

- What does it mean to think of yourself more highly than you ought? How should we think of ourselves? How might you know if you think too highly of yourself?

- How is the church (those who are in Christ) like a body? Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Are you using your gifts for God’s glory? If so how? If not why not?

May 31st – Romans 12:9-21

- Describe what it would look like to be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Describe what it would look like to honor one another above yourself. Does this describe the way you are living towards other believers? If so give examples, if not why not?

- Which of these do you struggle with the most, zeal, spiritual fervor, being joyful in hope, patient in affliction, or faithful in prayer? Why do you think this is such a struggle for you?

- Are you doing everything you can to live at peace with everyone in your life? Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone you need to apologize to? Do you have an active conflict with anyone right now? How would verse 21 apply to any of these situations?