Are you leading A Study of Romans? Here are some extras to enhance each session. What other ideas do you have? Post them below!
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For Any Session
Check out www.wordle.net. You can type or paste any words into a tool on their site and create a word cloud (see example at right). Use it with a verse in the session’s passage you’re studying. Have each student create his or her own and post the final results on your group’s Facebook page or website. What verse did your students use?
Session 2, Kicking Off
This session’s study focuses on Romans 1:16–2:29 and asks the question, “Why is the world so messed up?” To get your students thinking about specific examples of sin and evil, have students use their phones to look up different news websites and call out examples of sins they find. Make a list on the board. What examples did your students find?
Session 3, So What?
In response to this session’s study of the wonderful truths of the gospel in Romans 3, students will look at the words to the hymn “I Lay My Sins on Jesus” (Trinity Hymnal, 512). Johann Sebastian Bach did the original arrangement way back in 1769, which wasn’t too shabby. Challenge your students to set the words to a new tune! Record your students and upload it to a video website. Send it to us!
Session 4, Kicking Off
Are your students unfamiliar with Abraham’s life story? Or do they need a refresher? Click here to download a script of a reporter’s interview with Abraham and Sarah. Students may act out the drama to kick off this session on Romans 4. Did you have your group act out the interview? How familiar were they with Abraham’s story?
Session 8 FYI: Adoption
This session’s study of Romans 8:1–27 looks at the encouragement and help the Holy Spirit gives believers, including assurance that they are adopted children of God (vss. 14–15). Adoption was a customary legal procedure in Roman society. When a wealthy adult had no heir to his estate, he usually would adopt someone as an heir. When this happened, the new son had the same legal rights and responsibilities as a natural son. The adoption was based completely on a legal act by the father; the son did not earn his adoption.
For your teens, who may feel insecure and be rejected by friends and family, there is comfort in knowing that believers are loved by God and will always belong to him as part of his chosen family. Remember to be sensitive to any student who might not have a positive impression of fathers and fatherhood because of a family situation.