Lesson Overview: Romans 8:18-39
This is lesson 4 of 7 in Life – Giving Justification.
- Main Point of the Passage: Paul rejoiced in the fact that Christians can have confidence that Christ will redeem our bodies.
- Main Point of the Lesson: In spite of our present suffering, Christians can have confidence that Christ will redeem our bodies.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will stand strong under suffering because of their hope of eternal life.
- Key Verse: Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”
- Word Studies: Glorified in Romans 8:30
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: What’s it like at work or school the day before you go on vacation?
Share Question: Tell me about a time when you endured pain or discomfort for a time in order to get something better.
Introduce the Passage: In spite of our present suffering, Christians can have confidence that Christ will redeem our bodies. In Romans 8:18-39, Paul rejoiced in that fact.
- Optional:Have a member of your group either recite the passage from memory or give a detailed summary of the passage from memory.
- Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s): Glorified in Romans 8:30
Study Question: As we read this chapter, let’s look for reasons Christians must reject a life of sin.
“The glory that is going to be revealed in us,” (v. 18)
“Freedom from the bondage of corruption,” (v. 21)
“Adoption, the redemption of our bodies,” (v. 23)
- Being “conformed to the image of His Son,” (v. 29)
- Being “glorified,” (v. 30)
- God will “grant us everything,” (v. 32)
- Christ intercedes for us (v. 34)
- Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (v. 35-39)
Connect-the-Dots Question: In verses 20 & 21, Paul talks about Creation being in bondage to corruption or decay. In what In what sense is our world in bondage to decay or corruption?
Count-the-Cost Question: What fears are most likely to rob us of our hope in Christ?
Let’s-Do-It Question: What effect should our hope in Christ have on your life?
Prayer: Father, teach us to live victoriously in the hope that you give us. Thank you for the eternal hope we have in you.