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The Mystery and Clarity of God (Romans Bible Study Chapter 11)

November 15, 2021
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Questions We Ask Every Time We Read the Bible:

1. What do the verses say?
2. What's the backstory? What's the context?
3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage?

What does it say?

Paul has been building a logical argument over the course of Chapters 9, 10, and 11 to ultimately express his desires for all to be saved.

What’s the backstory?

At the beginning of Chapter 9 Paul sets the emotional tone for the letter. The whole tone of 9, 10, and 11 is from a place of grief and anguish for his community. This is not a tone of condemnation or anger, but a tone of sorrow. We begin to see another theme in 9, 10, and 11 which is mercy. He wants to convey to his beloved people that God is bigger than they think.

What does it mean?

God is God. There is mystery to the way he works, but there is clarity of what he wants us to know. When the mystery of God leads you to a place of anxiousness, you can lean back on the clarity of God.

What does it mean for me?

I may not know how all my sorrow is held together in Jesus, but I know that God is merciful, faithful, and has not let me down. If I don’t understand something, it does not mean that God doesn’t understand.

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Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace. Nicole is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Her latest book, “Help, My Bible is Alive” is a 30-day experience designed to help people experience God through the Bible.

Nicole has spent twenty years serving the local church, first in student ministry (where she’s never lost her love of a great group game) and then leading start-ups of all kinds, from leadership development to capital campaigns. She now teaches and consults with churches and ministries to strengthen their stories and cut through confusion to discover the next right steps for success.
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