Friday, September 12, 2014

Romans: The Intro

You guys. We're back and, honestly, I enjoyed my week off last Friday but was itching to be back and be reading with ya'll again this one. Today's our introduction to Romans where I'll share the context, my heart, and my excitement for our study.
Yep, that is a lot of overzealous girl right there. Like I said, we're going to be doing things different this time. More organized and less beautiful mess. So first, the reading log for ya'll.

As I said in the video, there are two ways you can approach Milking Stool. You can read the chapter the week before the video is posted and watch my talk as a review/extension of the concepts OR you can read the chapter the week after as an introduction to the chapter. Either way is the right way.
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Every week I'm going to be posting questions -usually 3 to 5- that will reference different ideas or concepts in the text. They won't be the same questions over and over, they won't be comprehension questions, they'll be meant to challenge you, to get you thinking, and, hopefully, to make the text real. I will continue to share links, though I'm hoping that they'll be more relevant to each week's theme/text.

The questions (for focus) to ponder over the next week: 
1. Romans 1:6 talks about "you who were called". Spend time praying over, thinking on the fact that He specifically called you to _________. Yes, God, the Alpha and Omega spent time creating YOU to be called to do THAT. Bonus point: what is your calling -a multi-faceted and every-changing answer? 

2. The start of Romans 2 (specifically verses - ) emphasizes that the law wasn't established for memorization or structure, but to educate us of our sin because without law, we're unaware of the way our flesh rules. In light of this, what does obedience to the law begin to look like (hint: not rote religious exercises)?

3. The process of circumcision is a clipping to encourage (ensure) cleanliness and a traditional "mark" of holiness. Though it is not a strict religious practice today, there are ways in which we partake in clipping away parts of ourselves in order to better pursue Him. What does this look like/mean to you?

These are heavy questions laden with thick (not wrong or right) answers. I'm hoping they'll act as jumping off points for our hearts to dig into the text. Please let me know how these help or hurt your study this week.
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Milking Stool Ministries has a Facebook group to make the community feel a little bit smaller, a lot more fun, and interactive up the wazoo. It's private, but simply ask to join and I'll make sure you're included! 

Links, links, and more links.
John Piper on Romans. This is heavy and SO FULL. But if you keep up on it weekly, it'll add SO MUCH. (Desiring God)

Cursing and Jesus. Two things I've struggled to reconcile. But this, just this. (Relevant)

I'm also working through this book aside from bible study with hopes it'll enrich my time with Him. (Amazon)


  1. You are so adorable and your love and passion for the Word is contagious!! I cannot wait to start reading the chapter this week and working through the questions. I think my fiance is going to join in on this round of bible study so yay for teamwork! Happy Friday!

  2. Sarah Teague LoudermilkSeptember 12, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    So excited to get started!!

  3. I am so excited. I have started Romans several times but have never finished. Can't wait to dig in.

  4. Yay!!!! I'm so excited to get started and really dig into Romans. It's such a great book. This will be awesome!

  5. This is SO THRILLING to think ya'll will be doing it together AND that a boy will be joining the mix. Like, you made my weekend because I'm so damn thrilled.

  6. Me too! What's the deal with Romans that makes things all over the top fun?!? :)

  7. We're going to finish it. TOGETHER. We will, we will, we will!

  8. I love Romans and it's been so long since I've read it that I was a little bit annoyed with myself for letting it be so much time between then and now!


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