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                           Romans Week 15

                                 Romans 8:17-30


Read Romans 8:17-30

Preferred Questions: *These questions are personal. They target the heart and put healthy responsibility on your group to spend time with God and seek the Lord.

Take turns, Go around, and have each person answer all 3 questions.

1. How are you doing spiritually? (SPIRITUALLY!!!)

2. What stuck out to you this week in the 412 (Bible Recap) or in Romans ch 8:17-30

3. What’s one thing (sin) you’re struggling with right now that we can pray for you about? 

Question bank (If Needed) Don't use every Point/Question Choose some favorites based on your group Specifically! 

Paul shows us in this passage that suffering is to be expected in this world! The word suffering in this passage can be defined as external hardships, frustrations, and pain, or can be used to define internal temptations and desires within us that lead us to sin! Turmoil inside and out! There is a big difference between facing suffering that’s out of our control and facing the results of our own sin and decisions and the sin and decisions of others. Suffering can be caused by the fallen world or the fallen man. Sometimes we are like Job, and sometimes we are like Jonah, but God can work both for good.

What is the difference in Jonah's suffering and Job's suffering in the Bible and how did God use both for Good?

What does this passage in Romans 8 teach us about God?  (What’s the God shot in this passage?)

Paul corrects 4 myths about suffering.

M1 - if we live a good life, we can avoid suffering!

M2 - My pain doesn’t matter because, comparatively, it’s not that bad.

M3 - Suffering always points to some sin that we need to confess.

M4 - We will always be able to find the silver linings behind the dark clouds.

Which one of these myths have you fallen prey to? Which is most popular in our culture today? 

Paul shows us 4 truths concerning suffering.

T1 - vs 28-29 God is using all things to make us more like Jesus.

T2 - vs 23  In Christ, my story ends with the redemption of my body

T3 - vs 26 The Spirit helps us and perfectly intercedes for me

T4 - vs 29-30 What God started He is going to Finish!

What’s the greatest suffering you’ve ever experienced in your life?

How does the sovereignty of God over your salvation and suffering and His commitment to complete the work He started in you give you great courage and hope in the midst of pain and suffering?