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This is the twelfth sermon in our Romans series looking at the first eight chapters of the book. Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Daniel Rouhead. Bible Reading: Romans 8:18-30
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BIBLE READING: Romans 8:18-30
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
What do you think it means to have a life of expectancy?
How has the certainty of future glory given perspective to present sufferings?
Read Romans 8:18-25
If Paul doesn’t say that “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” in order to diminish our suffering, what does he mean?
What are the various ways that Paul tries to give us some perspective?
In verse 19, what does the phrase “the sons of God to be revealed” mean?
Why is creation longing for the glory of the children of God to be revealed?
Would you describe yourself as a hopeful person? What does Christian hope look like? What is the relationship between hope and living expectantly?
What are the practical ways in which we can express such hope?
Read Romans 8:26-30
How do you think that the Holy Spirit helps you pray – including from the depths of your heart?
How do you see God working for good today? Do you see God working for good in and through you?
What are the five actions that God takes towards his people?
If God’s purpose for us is to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus, how can we work with him?
What is a common way that verse 28 is misunderstood? What does Paul actually mean?
In verses 28-30 we see that God is the source of our salvation, our hope, and our future. How can we encourage each other to keep looking to God and be excited about the future he has planned for us?
How can we rediscover, or perhaps discover for the first time, the excitement of what it means to be children of God?
How would you briefly sum up Paul’s message to the Romans in chapters 1-8?
What has most challenged you in our series on Romans? What has most encouraged you?
APPLY (this week): Choose a verse from Romans 1-8 and make it a memory verse this week. Consider how it shapes your proclamation of God’s Gospel of grace.
Loving Heavenly Father, we give you great thanks and praise for your Gospel of Grace. Please help us, even amidst great suffering, to live expectantly as we await the certainty of future glory as we trust in your Son. Please be at work in us and through us, in the power of your Spirit, for your Kingdom and for your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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