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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Paradox of Fighting Opposition

Sunday at Bethany Place I will conclude the messages series Confidence: A Study of Romans 8. 

The Paradox of Fighting Opposition
Romans 8:31-39
Confidence: A Study of Romans, Conclusion

Fight opposition by  

1. Actively resting in God’s grace and provision
Romans 8:31–34 (ESV)
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Celebration of the Lord's Supper

2. Placing the greatest value on knowing the love of Christ
Romans 8:35–39 (ESV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
       “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 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.

Questions for further thought or discussion:
  • What do you think Paul means to include in the “all things” of verse 32?
  • How could verse 32 encourage you to be more specific in praying for the things that you need to be able to honor God with your life?
  • What does it mean to be “more than conquerors”?
  • Do you see the list of hard things in verses 35-39 as only hypothetical or to be expected in the life of the believer?
  • How does a person learn to so value the love of Christ that they are confident in spite of all the suffering they face?

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