Wk 4 // My Family Is In A Phase // More Than Conquerers
What situation in your life has required the most perseverance and determination from you?
At what times do you find it the most challenging to persevere in your relationship with God?
In Romans 8, Paul highlights the benefits of being in Christ. Paul began the last part of chapter 8 by affirming that God is at work in all things and emphasizing God’s faithfulness in the life of a believer. Paul assured first-century believers that they could persevere through suffering and persecution for their faith, because they are “more than conquerors” through Christ.
In this week’s message, Pastor Mike continued his thoughts from last week on what makes us “more than conquerers.” God has given us everything we need to resist the weapons of self-destruction raised against us. As we dive deeper into Romans 8, let’s consider these wonderful assurances that drive us to depend upon our great God.
Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.
What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?
Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?
Was there anything that challenged you?
Have a volunteer read Romans 8:31-32.
What does it mean to you to read that God is “for” you?
What example does Paul give as the reason we can have confidence that God is a God of ultimate power and unlimited supply?
What are some of the needs (v. 32) you have on a regular basis? How has the enemy attempted to defeat you when it comes to those specific needs?
How can the certainty of God’s love help you fight off the Enemy’s attack?
God will give us all that is necessary for life and godliness. No matter where we are in current struggles or difficulties, we must remember that the supply line from glory is never cut off and the storehouse from heaven is never depleted. God will not withhold anything from us that we need to persevere in our relationship with and ministry for Him.
Have a volunteer read Romans 8:33-34.
What is the work of Christ on behalf of believers? How is this work evidence of God’s unwavering love for us?
Read Romans 8:1. What do verses 8:31-34 reveal as the reason why “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”?
Why is this good news for us? How should this truth change how we live each day?
Paul had been laughed at, stoned, beaten, and imprisoned because of his faith. Ultimately, none of this shattered his confidence in God. God has done the unthinkable. He died and has been raised for us. His sacrifice means believers are free from condemnation.
Have a volunteer read Romans 8:35-39.
What in verses 35-39 gives you evidence of God’s unwavering love for you?
Of the things listed in these verses that cannot separate believers from the love of Christ, which stands out to you the most, and why?
Why can these things not separate believers from the love of Christ?
Paul affirmed that nothing has the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The list of potential separators includes physical danger, spiritual beings, present and future occurrences, and powers above us and below us. To clearly indicate that absolutely no thing or person can come between the Lord and His people, Paul concluded his list with “anything else in all creation.” Absolutely nothing can come between us and our Lord. Nothing can remove us from His family.
What evidence of God’s love do you see in your day-to-day life?
What difference does trusting in God’s love for you make as you try to persevere through difficult times?
In what situation will you trust God more this week?
What is the closest you have come to feeling the despair and loneliness of being separated from God like Paul describes in Romans 8:31-39? How was your relationship with Him impacted? What will you do differently if you are ever in a similar situation?
What steps can you take to be more aware of all the positive actions Jesus has done/is doing for you? How can we help remind one another of this truth?
Thank God for His work on the cross and His unwavering love for us. Thank Him for His continued faithfulness to His children. Pray that no matter what we face this week, we would be able to cling to the promises of Romans 8 and trust in His love for us.