Bible Study - ROMANS 8 GOD FOR US: All Things
- What is something God has done for you that you are thankful for or are celebrating? How have you experienced his goodness and grace?
- Where are you experiencing stress, anxiety or discouragement? How would you like to see God move in your life or in the life of someone close to you?
- What did you hear in this week’s sermon that was new or particularly interesting? Did anything stand out to you as puzzling or troubling?
- Read Romans 8:28. Paul writes that God is at work in all things. What does this tell us about God and his nature? How is this different than thinking or believing that God causes all things? When you consider the full counsel of Scripture, who or what ‘causes’ things too? (ex: Satan, bondage, sin, our choices, etc.)
- Paul proclaims that “God works” (8:28). This is a definitive statement. How does this comfort you or bring reassurance to you? Can you think of a time when God worked out something that you thought was done, over, or irreparable?
- Verse 29 introduces the truth that we are “predestined” to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. All of the work God is doing is taking us somewhere. As Chris mentioned, we are being transformed to reflect the heart of Christ, the values of Christ, and the character of Christ. What does this teach us about the purposes of God? In what ways is God transforming you and conforming you?
- Chris mentioned that when we face discouragement over bad things, we must remember God’s purpose through all things. How can we begin to experience this in our hearts and minds? Are you currently in a season of “bad things”? How can we pray for you?
- The cross reminds us that God can take really bad things and accomplish really powerful things. What does it look like to continually trust God in all of life – the good and the bad?
- Is there someone in your life who needs to hear the Good News of the Gospel? How can we join you in praying for that?