This week we will study the magnificent centerpiece of the book of Romans… chapter 8. This is the longest chapter in the book, yet it tells a singular story. Its language is strong and direct. It is a comparison of sorts, but to say it is only that, is to sell it short. Romans 8 is plausibly the most articulate expression of what it means to follow Jesus. Its applications are as broad as they are specific. We see the panorama of a general view of what it means to be a Christ follower, as well as some specifics on what that looks like. Here are some questions to get you thinking ahead of our learning communities that we call Together Groups:
1. What does verse 1 say to you?
2. In what way was the law jeopardized by our sinful nature (v. 3)?
3. Why did Jesus have to die (vv. 3-4)?
4. What do you think it means to be controlled by the Spirit (vv. 5-13)?
5. Speaking frankly, what parts of the declaration that “Christ lives within you” (v. 10) do you get, and what parts are hard to understand?
6. What do you think it means to be “led by the Spirit of God” (v. 14)?
7. How have you seen the truth of vv. 15-16 at work in your own life?
8. What do you make of v. 17?
9. What time period to you think is meant (vv. 18-25) when he talks about grace’s future work?
10. What are among the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives (vv. 26-27)?
11. How have vv. 28-29 been regularly abused by Christians? What do you think they mean?
12. In what way(s) do the realities of vv. 30-39 blow your mind?
For some deeper insights follow the link to this commentary… Romans 8.