Week of May 5

 Romans: The Power of the Gospel
In 2024 we are going to read someone else’s mail.  Paul wrote a letter to the church in Rome and gave one of the best and most thorough explanations of the Gospel of Jesus and details about how to live that out.  He was writing to people who were followers of Jesus in Rome, perhaps the toughest place to be a Christian at the most difficult time to be a Christian.  Perhaps Paul’s letter to them can give us insights into how to live out what you believe when the world is indifferent or even hostile to your beliefs.  Let’s dive into God’s Word together as we read and reflect on Paul’s letter to the Romans. 

 Week 17: Living in the “Now…but Not Yet” – Romans 8:14-27
We live in the NOW but the NOT YET.  Romans 8 shows us who we are NOW as children of God and shows us how to live in the painful realties of the NOT YET. We live in the tension of the NOW but NOT YET. We are NOW adopted as a Child of God but we wait patiently to be fully and finally home. 


 LIVE OAK CONNECTION POINT:  
Next week is Mother’s Day at Live Oak. There will be multiple photo ops that day (both inside and out) and it will be crowded so plan accordingly!

 DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS: 

  • What movie can you watch over and over again without ever getting tired of it?
  • If someone were to point to a child and say, “that child is really loved by his parents,” what would you conclude about how his parents treat them?
  • How does this align with your view of how God loves His adopted children?
  • READ:  Romans 8:1-2, 14-27  

Spend some time SOAPing this passage.   You can either spend time SOAPing individually and documenting for a several minutes and then spend time sharing with each -OR- SOAP in real time with each other. Either way make as many observations as you can.  What stands out to you from this passage?  

  •  One of the greatest gifts God offers us is the opportunity to be adopted into his family and to be called “his children.”  How does Romans 8:1-2, 14-27 help you understand what it means to be adopted by God?
  • What does Romans 8:14-27 say about “creation” in this passage?  Why does it matter?
  • One of the key terms in this passage is the word “groaning”.  Who all is “groaning” in this passage and why?
  • Romans 8:27 calls God a “searcher of hearts”?  In the context of 8:26-27, what does this powerful but mysterious name imply?  And what is He searching for?
  • What does Romans 8:1-2, 14-27 tell us about how we are to live in the NOW but NOT YET?
  • What does Romans 8:1-2, 14-27 tell us about what God does for us as we live in the in the NOW but NOT YET?
  • READ the following verses about who we are as adopted children of God? 

*If possible, have one person read the passage out loud AND have everyone else look up each passage as they are read along silently so they can look at the verses for themselves. 

Ephesians 1:3-6 

Ephesians 1:13-14 

Colossians 3:1-4 

  •  How does knowing who you are in Christ help us as we live in the NOW but NOT YET?
  • What else stood out from this week’s sermon and passages?
  • What is your big takeaway from this week’s passages and message? 

NEXT STEPS
Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step?  Be specific. 

MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge yourself or your group to commit this verse to memory: Romans 8:14-16 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” 

PRAYER:  
Spend some time praying for each other.   

Scripture References
Romans 8:1-2, 14-27; Ephesians 1:3-6, 13-14; Colossians 3:1-4; 1 Corinthians 2:9