Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-39
Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters, musicians and strange animals from the captured territories, together with the spoils of war that consisted of both people and material. In Romans chapter 8 Paul describes Christians as glorious conquerors, who by God’s grace overcome all forces arrayed against us. The glory we receive is not in parades or spoils, but in eternal life.
- Why is it so often difficult for us as Christians to feel like a glorious conqueror? What event in your life can you remember that caused you to feel that way? Did God get the credit for that event?
- Read Romans 8:18-27. What words and vivid images in these verses underscore the difficulties of the present time in which we live?
- What future event has all of creation waiting in suspense (Romans 8:19)?
- How much is creation really suffering from the fall of mankind (Romans 8:22)?
- How important is hope in our future redemption (Romans 8:24-25)?
- How does the Holy Spirit help us in overcoming our vast shortcoming in prayer (Romans 8:26)?
- In Romans 8:28-29 Paul speaks of “the good:” and “His purpose.” What is God’s good purpose for us?
- How do the words: foreknew, predestined, called, justified and glorified, help us to understand how God accomplishes His purpose for us?
- How complete is God’s plan of redemption (Romans 8:30)?
- What encouragement do you find in Romans 8:31-32 about Paul’s question and response about these things?
- How might hardship, trouble, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or the threat of death, cause us to question God’s love for us (Romans 8:35-36)?
- In spite of all these things that could interrupt our relationship with God, why does Paul proclaim that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37-39)?
- What grand finale of assurance does Paul give to show our absolute security in God’s love (Romans 8:38-39)?