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This is the eighth sermon in our Romans series looking at the first eight chapters of the book. Preacher: Michael Calder. Bible Reading: Romans 5:1-11.
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BIBLE READING: ROMANS 5:1-11
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
When is a time that you have experienced reconciliation with another person? What was that like?
How much more exciting is the news that we have been reconciled with God?
READ Romans 5:1-8
What does it mean to have peace with God? How has this peace been made possible?
Can you think of a time in your life in which knowing the peace of God has been transformational?
What does it mean to ‘stand in the grace of God’? What are the effects of grace that we experience?
How can you recognise more – everyday wherever you most spend your time – that it is in this grace that you stand?
In verse 2, what does Paul tell us that we boast in? What does he actually mean by ‘boast’? How is this type of boasting completely different to the typical idea of ‘boasting’?
How can it be possible to ‘glory’ or ‘boast’ in our sufferings? Does this mean that suffering is good? Why or why not?
How does looking to God – and being aware of the hope that we have – radically transform the fruit of our suffering? How have you known this to be true in your life?
To what degree has God’s love been poured out in us? What does this amazing news mean to you? How does this differ to the human standard of love that we experience?
What is the evidence of God’s love having been poured out in such a radical and complete way? Why is it so important to recognise that we haven’t earned, nor deserve, God’s love?
As you reflect on the extent and character of God’s love, how does that inspire you to respond to God and live differently?
READ Romans 5:9-11
What does it mean to have been transformed from ‘enemies’ of God to being reconciled to him?
What are the promises of God for the future that we can be confident in? How does that transform the way that you live and the difficulties that we face?
What is the basis and grounds of our confidence for the future?
APPLY (this week): What is one way that you can boast in God this week?
Heavenly Father, we thank you so much that despite being unworthy of your love, that you have poured our your love in us through your Holy Spirit and the death of your son. Please help us to boast in you – even in the hard times, that we might direct the glory to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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