GRACE GROUP QUESTIONS


  • 7.14.19

    Romans 10.14-15a  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?




    There are no grace group questions this week due to the unique nature of our service today.


  • 7.7.19

    Romans 8.31-32 ~ God’s Follow Through…Relentless Love

    Romans 8.31-32 And What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

     

    Discussion questions for Romans 8. 31-32 ~ God’s Follow Through…Relentless Love

    • Discuss the difference between 1) car shopping by visiting various car lots and haphazardly looking around at whatever vehicles you may like; as opposed to 2) car shopping by knowing from the beginning what make & model and year you are interested in. Which method would you prefer and why?
    • Romans 8.29 refers to God’s foreknowledge. Do you think His foreknowledge is more like car buying method 1 or 2? Please explain your answer.      
    • Discuss how this foreknowledge is based on God and not at all on us.
    •  Verses 29-30 gives us an unbreakable chain consisting of God’s past work in those He foreknew, predestined, called, justified & glorified. What do you think makes this chain so unbreakable?
    • There are 7 questions asked in 31-35. Discuss as a group how you would answer these questions?

             o    What, then, shall we say in response to  

                   these things?

             o    If God is for us, who can be against us?

             o    How will he not also, along with him, 

                   graciously give us all things?

             o    Who will bring any charge against those

                    whom God has chosen?

             o    Who then is the one who condemns?

             o    Who shall separate us from the love of

                   Christ?

             o   Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or

                   famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 

    • What level of victory are we stated to have in verse 37? Discuss why believers are given this amount of victory.
    • Review and discuss the lists we are given in 8.35, 38-39. How are these threats similar & how are they different from one another?
    • Why do you think everything listed is incapable of separating us from God’s love?
    • How secure in your salvation does this passage make you feel?
    • How could you use this passage to help someone who struggles with assurance?

  • 6.30.19

    Romans 8.18 - 28 ~ God's follow through...all things....for good

    Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.


    Discussion questions for Romans 8.18-28 ~ God’s Follow Through…All Things for Good

    • Have you ever dreaded something & eventually discovered that it wasn’t so bad; and afterwards the benefits were well worth it? Share your story.
    • Discuss how verse 18 puts “present sufferings” into perspective for every believer.
    • Have you ever felt trapped or stuck in a difficult situation? Discuss what that feels like & what you did do (positively or negatively) to cope with that situation.
    • Look at 8.19-23 & discuss how “creation eagerly longs” for something better.
    • According to verse 22, how severe are these “groanings”?
    • Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you didn’t even know how to pray about something? Regardless of the details, how did being in that situation make you feel? Did you eventually find a way to draw strength from the Lord?
    • Read and discuss the promise we are given in verse 26 about the Holy Spirit’s help in such times.
    • What additional assurance are we given in verse 27?
    • What are some bad things that might sometimes happen to God’s people? Make a short list.
    • Discuss how God can take this list of bad things and make them “work together for good”.
    • PJ feels verse 28 applies to all God’s people all the time, even when we have personal failures. Do you agree? Why or why not?
    • What does Romans 8.28 suggest to us about the power & sovereignty of God?       
    • What is your #1 takeaway from these verses in Romans 8?


  • 6.23.19

    ROMANS 8.1 - 18 ~  Amazing love! Part 1

    Romans 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.


    Discussion questions for “Amazing Love” part 1

    • Have you ever known that some form of judgment or justice was coming your way? (Maybe even as a kid in trouble with a parent) Share what it was like to anticipate coming punishment.
    • Have you ever anticipated punishment, but instead unexpectedly received mercy? Share your story.
    • Discuss the lifechanging statement made in Romans 8.1. Take your time and consider the eternal impact of this.
    • Advanced question for the biblical scholar: Look at this verse in several different versions of the Bible and you may discover a major difference in some of those versions. Discuss what that difference is.  So, what do you think this difference reveals?
    • According to verse 3, how did God invade enemy territory to condemn sin in the flesh?
    • Discuss the harsh reality of verses 5 through 8. Who do you think this is actually describing? Is there any hope for these people in their current state?
    • In stark contrast to verse 8, what does verse 9 say about all believers in Jesus Christ?
    • How much importance is given to the presence of the Holy Spirit in this verse?
    • As opposed to being a slave of sin & death, what position does every believer possess in verse 15? Discuss the implications of such an amazing statement.
    • How does verse 17 go even further into this incredible truth?
    • Sometimes life is hard. How does verse 18 put those difficulties into an eternal perspective?
    • What do you find so amazing about God’s love in these first 18 verses?