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Bible Study: Confess and believe Jesus is Lord

NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

This week’s Bible study is adapted from the YOU curriculum.

Bible Passage: Romans 10:9-17

Discussion Questions:

  • Why is confession an important part of our salvation?
  • How would you describe the power inherent in calling on the name of the Lord?
  • What are the implications that the Gospel message is for all people?

Food for Thought:

As much as we would desire to help rescue a loved one who is physically lost, God has a greater desire for those who are spiritually lost. It is estimated that more than two-thirds of the world’s population is without Christ and in need of a “spiritual search and rescue.” One way we reflect our commitment to Christ is by sharing His commitment and desire to reach those who do not yet have a relationship with Him. Being committed to the mission of God means that each of us looks at this monumental task as our own personal responsibility and calling.

Read Romans 10:9-10. The scripture provides a powerfully concise explanation of the Gospel message. We don’t have to follow a list of dos and don’ts in order to have a relationship with God. God knew we couldn’t be perfectly obedient to Him and follow all the rules, so He sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus came to this planet and did what we could never do. He lived the perfect life of obedience to God we could not. His obedience was so complete that He even gave His life as a perfect sacrifice to pay the price for our disobedience.

The Christian life is about belief. Paul used two verbs to describe this:

  • “Jesus is Lord” is the Christian confession that Jesus of Nazareth is fully God. How do we know that Jesus is God? We look at His life. He taught like no other and the miracles He performed gave authority to what He said. Jesus said He was the only way to God (John 14:6) and, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Christianity is centered on Jesus’ resurrection, by which God the Father authenticated Jesus as the Son of God.
  • Our confession is an outward expression of our belief in who Jesus is: the resurrected Savior and Lord, the Son of God. Confessing and believing are not steps one and two for salvation. They go hand-in-hand. What we believe in our heart we will openly confess. Our “role” in salvation is as simple as that.


YOU is committed to providing a complete Bible study experience for small groups and classes. Every session is written through an urban and multiethnic lens that provides relevant, engaging and applicable studies that not only encourage and equip people, but also motivate them to mission. This flexible, non-dated, all-in-one quarterly resource offers weekly Bible study for leaders and learners, devotionals and teaching plans, as well as articles on hot topics and missions. For additional downloadable online teaching resources, visit LifeWay.com/YOU.

Other ongoing Bible study options offered by LifeWay for all ages can be found at LifeWay.com/SundaySchool or ordered at LifeWay Christian Resoruces.

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