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Book of Romans
The Epistle to the Romans or Letter to the Romans, often shortened to Romans, is the sixth book in the New Testament. Biblical scholars agree that it was composed by Paul the Apostle to explain that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the longest of the Pauline epistles.
Trust (Romans 8:28)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- Cake Object Lesson (Creative Bible Study)
- Trust God Challenge (Teaching Them)
- Splatter Plates (Children's Ministry)
- Popcorn Object Lesson (Ministry to Children)
Early Childhood Worship: Saddleback Kids
Romans 8:28: Seeds Family Worship
Transformation (Romans 12:2)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft (Preschool Toolkit)
- Growing Caterpillar Balloon Experiment (The Educators Pin on it)
- Handprint Butterflies (Fun Handprint Art Blog)
Love one another (Romans 13:8-14)
What does it mean to 'love on the another'?
Love your neighbour as you love yourself.
Kia aroha ki tōu hoa tāta, āno ko koe.
If you love someone, you will never do them wrong; to love then, is to obey the whole law.
E kore te aroha e kino ki tōna hoa; nō reira ko te aroha, te whakaritenga o te ture.
One way of presenting this verse is to build a wall. In both the above 'love' is mentioned twice -- these are the foundation blocks, the clues. Ask groups or individuals to place remaining blocks and explain why the additional words make sense as they do so.
For the slightly harder option, break the sentence up into four sections.
Picture book - Somebody Loves You Mr Hatch by Eileen Spinell
A lonely man receives an unexpected gift which in turn causes him to give to others. When he discovers the gift was not meant for him, he returns to being his reclusive self. Then his neighbours rally round and show love back to him.
Here are some resources for leaders, who are looking for context and background information to share about the book of Romans
BibleProject Overview: Romans 1-4
BibleProject: Romans Overview poster, free download here
BibleProject Overview: Romans 5-16