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Bible Study on Romans: Awaiting Glory: Romans 8:18-25

Summary: Suffering happens. Everyone sometime or other is subject to it. For the Christian, there are some amazing advantages. Suffering is s stepping stone to glory with no comparison. It is not pointless, but has a purpose. Thirdly, God uses it to build hope into our hearts for the return of Christ and our final redemption.

1. A. If according to Rom. 8:16,17, Christians are “heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ,” then why doesn’t it look like it?

B. Does suffering in fact demonstrate our sonship to Christ? How is this consistent with Scripture and how does this work? (John 15:20, Phil. 3:10, 2 Cor. 1:3-5, I Pet. 1:6-9, 4:12-17).

C. How do you suffer for the Lord Jesus, and do you take it well? (Rom. 15:4-5)

2. A. What does suffering lead to according to Rom. 8:18?

B. What type of sacrifices do people commonly make for the sake of a future reward? What will be our reward? (Rom. 8:21-23; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12, I Pet. 5:1-4, Rev. 21:1-7).

C. Is your hope flourishing? How does it show? (2 Cor. 4:16-18, I Pet. 1:8).

3. A. How is the creation described according to Rom. 8:19-22?

B. What kind of futility and corruption is this, and what was the cause? Why is there a curse on the creation as well as on man? (Gen. 3:14, 17-19).

C. Do you have a hatred for sin and its consequences? (Prov. 8:13, Ps. 119:11).

4. A. What do Christians eagerly wait for according to Rom. 8:23-25?

B. How did God solve man’s problem? (2 Cor. 5:16; Gal. 6:15). Describe the renovation of the present earth and when that will take place. (Isa. 11:5-9; 35:1-2; 5-7; 65:20-25; Amos 9:13). What about the new heaven and earth? (Rev. 21)

C. Do you have a longing desire for the Lord’s return? (I Thess. 4:13-18).

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June 5, 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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