Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-21
Rejoicing in the Lord is something that we all wish that we did more of, but generally, reserve for special occasions. Mostly we are sometimes just too busy to stop and take the time to rejoice. Romans 5 gives us some very special reasons to rejoice in all that we do, to take the time to remember where joy really comes from and to make the effort even when we are suffering some trying times. It is amazing how quickly we can forget the feeling that rejoicing in the Lord provides for us. As we read these words, let us think of ways in which we can spend more time in rejoicing and less in worrying about what may happen to us. We truly have much for which we can rejoice and very little in the way of valid excuses for not rejoicing.
- What are some of the things in life that make you joyful and cause you to want to rejoice? How can we make them last longer or reoccur more often in our lives?
- Romans 5:1-2. How has faith in Jesus Christ changed our relationship with God? What new hope comes to us by the forgiveness of our sins?
- From Romans 5:2-11 what reasons does Paul give for rejoicing?
- What does it mean to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2)?
- How does suffering for Christ’s sake relate to rejoicing in the Lord (Romans 5:3-4)? Can a person rejoice in tribulation and if so, what spiritual benefits are received for doing so?
- In what ways does God commend his love for us (Romans 5:5-8)?
- What certainty of deliverance does a believer possess and experience in Christ (Romans 5:10-11)?
- Why should God’s outpouring of love and His complete acceptance of us cause us to rejoice (Romans 5:11)?
- How are Adam and Christ similar (Romans 5:12, 18-19)?
- How did sin and death enter the world (Romans 5:12)? How did death spread to all men? What consequence did the sin nature produce in men even before the giving of the law (Romans 5:13-14)?
- How were Adam’s and Christ’s acts opposite in nature (Romans 5:18-19)?
- Why did God give the Law (Romans 5:20)? Give several reasons for your answer based upon what the Law has done for you and for others in history.