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Bible Study on Romans: God Is For Us!: Romans 8:31-32

Summary: Paul makes the case for Christian courage and fearlessness based on the fact that “God is for us.” We can know that God is for us because He causes all things to benefit us and He has predestined us to become like Jesus. God has called us and justified us, not even sparing His own Son but also giving us all things.

1. A. What is the certain destiny of all Believers according to Rom. 8:29?

B. In what fashion are we to be conformed to the image of Christ today? How about in the future? What are the characteristics of Christ that apply to us and what are those that are unique to Him alone? (2 Pet. 1:4-8; Mark 1:35; Matt. 4:1-11, 9:36, 15:32; Heb. 13:5; John 13:34-35, 14:10; Phil. 2:1-8; John 11:33-35; Luke 22:42).

C. Of these qualities of Christ above, which one or two do you feel led to work on this week? How will you do this and who will hold you accountable?

2. A. According to Rom. 8:31, who is the majority and who is the minority?

B. What does it mean that “God is for us” and what does this have to do with those natural fears that we sometimes have? (Gen. 15:1; Josh. 1:7-9, 10:42; Ps. 27:1-3, 56:4, 84:11-12, 118:6, Jer. 1:19; 1 John 4:4; 1 Sam. 14:6-14, 17:23-47).

C. Where do you have fears? At work, in ministry, at school, or at home? Are you willing to trust that God is for you in each of these areas?

3. A. How can we know for sure that the Lord if for us from Rom. 8:32? What about from the general context of this chapter?

B. How would you explain Paul’s argument in Rom. 8:32 of the greater to the lesser? If God holds nothing back, not even His only Son for us, will He hold anything else back? Why or why not? (Rom. 5:8, 8:28; John 3:16, 7:37-39, 1 John 4:10; 2 Peter 1:3; 2 Cor. 9:8).

C. Are you content? Do you have a heart of thanksgiving or an attitude of gratitude? Since God is for you, what might you do to cultivate that victorious mindset the Lord intends for us to have? (Isa 30:15; I Thess. 5:16-18; Ezra 7:10).

D. Take time this week to read Isa. 53 and contemplate what took place at the cross. (From Jesus’ perspective and from the Father’s perspective)

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

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July 3, 2010 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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