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Bible Study on Romans: Assurance From The Spirit: Romans 8:16-17

Summary: Romans 8 has been called by some “the chapter of the Holy Spirit”, and rightly so. Through the power of the Spirit, the Believer enjoys a new way of life; that of following the Lord Jesus. Through Him, the Christian also enjoys a new and intimate access to the Father, as well as a new assurance of belonging to God’s family.

1. A. Who is leading who, according to Rom. 8:14?

B. Please explain what this has to do with our position in Christ, and why. (John. 10:27-29, 15:8, I John. 3:5-10, 2 Cor. 5:14-17, Titus 2:11-15).

C. What evidence of following Christ do you see in your own life? Following Him may not be the perfection of your life, but is it the general direction? Is following Christ the desire of your heart in spite of your imperfections?

2. A. According to Rom. 8:15, why is the Christian no longer burdened with the spirit of slavery and fear?

B. If we knew what God was really like, we would be astonished that He would relate to us as “Abba,” “Father” or “Daddy.” (Ps. 145:3-7, Rev. 4:5-11) In what fashion then, is He intimate with us? (Ps. 103:8-13, Ps. 139:2-6, Ps. 139:13-18, Rom. 5:8, I Pet 3:18)

C. Do you neglect God and treat Him with contempt? Or do you cultivate intimacy with the Lord? (Ps. 9:10, 37:3-7, 63:1, 70:4, John 14:21, 15:5)

3. A. What is the opposite of slavery and fear, given to Believers in Ro. 8:15?

B. What is the significance of being adopted by the Lord? How is this distinct from being born into God’s family, and how do both of them work together? (I Pet. 2:2, 2 Pet. 3:18, Eph. 1:3-14). How does this adoption relate to the overall plan of salvation? (Gal. 4:1-7)

C. Do you enjoy your new birth in Christ? Do you also enjoy your adoption? (Ps 16:11)

4. A. In Ro.8:16, who is bearing witness and regarding what? Is this subjective or objective truth?

B. What is the objective truth given to us in the Scriptures that makes assurance of salvation possible? (I John. 5:11-13, 3:24, 4:13-14).

C. Subjective assurance of belonging to Christ in our hearts is proportionate to our submission to Him and our dependence upon Him. (John 5:24, I John. 4:15-16). How solid is your assurance?

5. A. What three categories of people do we find in I Cor. 1:22-24?

B. How differently do these three groups respond to the idea of assurance? (I Cor. 1:18)

C. Is the assurance of belonging to Christ one of the major loves of your heart?

For a discussion on this Bible Study go to the discussion forum: Active Bible Study or leave a comment.

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May 23, 2010 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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