Sermon Guides_June 14, Romans 8:26-30

Sermon Guides_June 14, Romans 8:26-30

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Bible passage: Romans 8:26-30

Story point: Who changes us? The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory.

Key passage: 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.

Younger Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity

Supplies: None

Work with kids to develop hand motions to help them remember the key passage. Say the verse multiple times with the newly created hand motions.

Say: Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write these words of our key passage. When you trust Christ, you become a new person with a new heart. Who changes us? The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory.

Bible Story Questions

1. Who does God give us when we trust Jesus? (the Holy Spirit)

2. What do we become when we trust Jesus? (Children of God)

3. Who changes us? (The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory.)

Say: When we trust in Jesus, God gives us the Holy Spirit and makes us His children. We don’t have to be afraid of God. Our Father loves and forgives us

Activity: Categories Word Game

Supplies: None
List off a group of words and have kids guess how they all are related. Give them a few hints to keep guessing if they do not get it right away.
*Leg, nose, foot (Body parts)
*Windy, rainy, sunny (weather conditions)
*Paper, stapler, pens (office supplies)
*Eggs, waffles, bacon (breakfast foods)
*Peanuts, tents, elephants (the circus)
*Eggs, animals, corn (farm)
*Skunk, feet, rotten egg (things that smell bad)
* Last one: Father, mother, sister, brother (family!)

Say: Most of the time, when we talk about family members, we are speaking of people who live in the same house with us or are related to us by blood. But when we trust in Jesus, God gives us the Holy Spirit and makes us His children. If we all share one heavenly Father, that means we are all brothers and sisters in Christ! The family of God is all the people around the world who love Jesus and believe in Him for forgiveness of their sin. Just like our earthly family, the family of God is joined together by love and works together to help one another. We are all on mission together to glorify God and spread the gospel.

Older Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: None

Work with kids to develop hand motions to help them remember the key passage. Say the verse multiple times with the newly created hand motions.

Say: Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write these words of our key passage. When you trust Christ, you become a new person with a new heart. Who changes us? The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory.

Bible Story Questions
  1. What kind of spirit have we received if we believe in Jesus? (the Holy Spirit)

2. The Spirit is proof that we are what? (God’s children)

3. Who changes us? The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory

Say: When we trust in Jesus, God gives us the Holy Spirit and makes us His children. We don’t have to be afraid of God. Our Father loves and forgives us.

Activity: Family Ties

Supplies: cards with different family members written on them.

Have different family members written out on cards (mother, father, brother, sister). Take turns picking a card one at a time. The person who drew the card will attempt to describe the person on the card without using proper nouns, synonyms or “rhymes-with” while everyone else guesses who the story is about.

Say: Most of the time, when we talk about family members, we are speaking of people who live in the same house with us or are related to us by blood. But when we trust in Jesus, God gives us the Holy Spirit and makes us His children. If we all share one heavenly Father, that means we are all brothers and sisters in Christ! The family of God is all the people around the world who love Jesus and believe in Him for forgiveness of their sin. Just like our earthly family, the family of God is joined together by love and works together to help one another. We are all on mission together to glorify God and spread the gospel.

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Gospel Student Ministries

Scripture: Romans 8:26-30
Life in the Spirit

Intro/Overview

As human beings we are all created in the image of God. Yet, as His image bearers, we are unlike God because we have limitations. Mankind is extremely limited and it’s no secret that as limited, finite human beings, we need help at times. Whether we need help with big things or small things, assistance is certainly required in this life. Fortunately, for those of us that belong to Christ Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit to guide and assist us during our time of need.

In Romans 8:26, Paul tells us that the Spirit helps us in our weakness, when we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for. The Spirit intercedes on behalf of believers. This is wonderful news. That we have this incredible Counselor and Helper to consistently lead and guide us is certainly comforting. The Apostle Paul continues in this section by reminding us that God works all things together for our good (v. 28).

Paul says “we know” in verse 28. He speaks as one with a certain assurance of God’s loving and continuous provision. This too is a great comfort, knowing that God is at work in ALL circumstances. Considering the current state of things, with a worldwide pandemic and rising racial tensions in our country, keeping our focus on God’s faithfulness helps us to endure through these difficult times. We must remember to keep God’s plan of redemption in view, and what a glorious plan it is.

We find in verses 29-30 that this plan is one from the beginning of time. God has chosen His people, those that have come to saving faith in Christ Jesus, before the foundations of the world. Paul says that we are predestined but we are also called. This means God has selected us, and by the power of His Spirit, He is leading us to be a part of His eternal plan to reveal His glory throughout all of creation.

Finally we are reminded of the identity/reality for the believer. We are justified! This means that we are made right with God, and not because of what we’ve done, but because He has justified us by the blood of Christ. And just as Christ suffered, died, and resurrected to glory, we too will be glorified (v. 30). This is good news for the Christian. We have been chosen by God, and given His Sprit, and by the blood of Christ we are justified and glory awaits us in eternity.

Discussion Questions

Read: Romans 8:26-30
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.
1. The Spirit assists us in our weaknesses. Not simply in knowing what to pray for, but also in battling our sin and flesh. How have you seen/experienced the Spirit of God leading you? Is this something that you are even aware of?

2. Prayer is an essential part of the believer’s life. But sometimes we have trouble finding the right words or even feeling motivated to pray. Have ever had trouble knowing what to pray for/wanting to pray?

3. Verse 28 says that God works all things together for our good. Sometimes, when we look at our circumstances, that can be really hard to believe. How have you seen God work in your circumstances for your good? Or, are you questioning this right now?

4. Believers have been called and justified by God. He has chosen us from before the foundations of the world to be part of His plan for redemption. As His children, how does this truth change the way that you live?

As Christians, our hope and our confidence should ultimately rest in Christ Jesus.

End your time together by praying as a family. Pray specifically for the things that you’ve discussed (and confessed), pray for each other, and pray for our world as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.

Parents:

* Consider ways to leverage the time that you have with your students. How can you utilize this time to help them see Jesus/own the mission?

* In what ways can you love/serve your neighbors? How can you care for those that have been impacted by this pandemic? Think of some practical (and safe!) ways that you and your student(s) can be the hands and feet of Jesus at this time.
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Adults

“In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.”
Romans 8:26-30

“ For the love of Christ compels us, since we have reached this conclusion, that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised. From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-16

The church of the Living Jesus is the new family of God that transcends and bridges the gap between gender, political, economic, cultural/ethnic, & racial barriers.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.”
Romans 8:26

This is where we want to be: squarely in the middle of an impossible hope, sustainable only by God himself.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.”
Romans 8:26

Our hope requires weakness. It requires gladly admitting that we need a strength not of our own.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 8:26-27

Prayer is the practice of the Hopeful.

The Spirit Guides, so listen.

The Spirit Patiently Teaches, so be bold.

The Spirit hears us, so be persistent.

Ask, and keep on asking. Knock and keep on knocking. Seek and keep on seeking. This is how we access the help of the Spirit and experience sustained hope.

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28

“For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.”
Romans 8:29-30

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