Community Group Discussion Guide
Week of May 21 - May 27, 2023
Guest Speaker: Roy Collins
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GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Describe a time when you needed reassurance that you were on the right path. Why was that helpful?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
Our salvation is certain and secure, because:
1) The Father defends us (8:31-33)
2) Jesus died for us (8:35-37)
3) The Holy Spirit defeats all in opposition to us (8:38-39)
To best understand what God does for those whom he loves, we must understand the reason he pursues us, and wants to save us.
1. Read Romans 6:23a. What causes death?
2. Read Romans 3:23. Who engages in activities that lead to death?
Our Salvation is certain and secure because the Father defends us (personally and publicly).
1. Read Romans 8:31. Paul asks “what then shall we say to these things” Read Romans 8:28-30 to find what things Paul is speaking of. Does this give you hope? Why or why not? If not, elaborate and discuss.
2. Read Romans 8:32-33. What does the text reveal? What did He send His Son out to do? Who did He want to do it for?
a. Read John 3:16 - 17. How much does God the Father love us? What is His will, given these verses? How did He carry out His plan?
b. Read John 3:18. What happens to those who don’t believe in Jesus?
c. Read Romans 8:33b.
i. Who is the judge as it pertains to salvation? Why should this truth be encouraging based upon what he has done for us?
ii. Given 1a and 1b, how can we be secure in our salvation? Our Salvation is certain and secure…because Jesus Died for Us.
3. Read Romans 8:35-37 and answer the following. In this passage we have learned that the will of our Heavenly Father is to save us by giving His one and only Son as an atoning sacrifice. All we have to do is place our faith in Jesus (John 3:16).
a. How does Jesus respond to the will of the Father?
b. Read Philippians 2:8. Why should this give us hope? What did Jesus do in response to the will of God the Father?
c. Paul lists obstacles that would get in the way of most relationships. He also offers a roadmap showing what may be ahead of us for placing our faith in Him.
i. In verse 36, he refers back to Psalm 44:22. Why do you think he is referencing this psalm?
d. We are more than conquerors. What is Paul saying here?
4. Read Romans 8:38-89 and answer the following questions:
a. The New International Version, starting in verse 38, says this: “For I am convinced…”
b. Paul shows that he has more conviction than even hope…he is convinced! What is he convinced of?
c. How can we - like Paul - be convinced that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord? Application: God the Father has given us His Son and Holy Spirit for our salvation. We know that Jesus rose from the dead to conquer death. How does this embolden us to live a life that reflects this gift of salvation and gives all the glory to God?
TAKING IT HOME
Looking back at this week’s study, what is important for you to remember and why?
PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS