Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:35-39 ESV)
Home Group Questions
This week I have included the home group discussion guide questions for you to look over as you search your own heart and evaluate your walk with Christ in Romans 8. Grab your journal or notebook and work through these questions. I pray that your joy will be made more complete and that the truth of the Scriptures will continue to renew your mind this week.
What has the study of Romans 8 in 2011 meant to you? How is our hope as Christians informed by this chapter?
The definition of hope that we used this year is: “The deeply held and daily acted upon trust that God is the ultimate source of all that is wise, true, loving and good, that what he is doing is best, and that what he has promised is reliable.” Has this been a year of hope for you? Why or why not?
When you look at the list of painful possibilities that can plague the mind of believers, which of these have you struggled with this year and how does Romans 8:35-39 address your struggle?
Read Philippians 1:29. How does the idea of not merely surviving calamity and pain but thriving in God because of calamity and pain help you to hope in God?