Sermon Guides_June 21, Romans 8:31-39

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Bible passage: Romans 8:31-39
Story point: If God is for us who can be against us? And nothing can separate us from God’s love!
Key passage: Romans 8:37 – In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

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

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil
Write: the key passage, Romans 8:37, on a piece of paper and have the kids repeat it after you. Then take a ball and pass it around and whoever has the ball must say the next word until the verse is complete.
Say: Paul says when God is for us, who can be against us? If we have God on our side, nothing can stop His plan for our life.

Bible Story Questions
  1. What does it mean to be conquerors? (The conquerors are the winners. And with God we are more than winners. We can’t lose if we are on His side.)
  2. In verse 39 Paul says that “nor height nor depth” can separate us from the love of Christ. Show me what height and depth mean? Can anything separate us from the love of God? (If you child doesn’t know, show them what height and depth are. No, nothing can separate us from the love of God because Jesus paid the price.)
  3. Who did Mr. Trevor say was the best player on our team? (God, He is the best player to have on your team. If God is for us no one can be against us.)
Activity: Hide and Go Seek

Supplies: None – play outside or wherever works
Play several rounds of hide and go seek. Once a person has been found have them help you find everyone else.
Say: In the game everyone was found, no one was separated forever. And with God, nothing can separate us from His love. Because Jesus paid the price on the cross, so we could be part of God’s family, now nothing can keep God from us.

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

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil
Write: the key passage, Romans 8:37 , on a piece of paper and read it together. Take turns scribbling over a word or two and reading the verse filling in the missing words.
Say: Paul says when God is for us, who can be against us? If we have God on our side, nothing can stop His plan for our life.

Bible Story Questions

1.  What proof do we have that if God is for us no one can be against us? (In verse 32 Paul says that God did not spare His own Son. Remember John 3:16? God gave his only son, so we could have eternal life with Him.)

2.  What can separate us from the love of God? (Nothing. Review verses 35-39.)

3.  Who did Mr. Trevor say was the best player on our team? How are we more than conquerors? (God, He is the best player to have on your team. If God is for us no one can be against us. We are more than conquerors because if God is on our side, who can be against us?)

Activity: Hike and Go Seek

Supplies: None
Play several rounds of hide and go seek. Once a person has been found have them help you find everyone else.
Say: In the game everyone was found, no one was separated forever. And with God, nothing can separate us from His love. Because Jesus paid the price on the cross, so we could be part of God’s family, now nothing can keep God from us.

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Gospel Student Ministries

Scripture: Romans 8:31-39
Life in the Spirit: God’s Unending Love

Intro/Overview

Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has set eternity in the hearts of men. Because we have all been created for God’s eternal purposes, we long for something beyond the temporary. Yet, as a result of the fall, everything we see is temporal, everything is fading and passing away. Within each of us is this burning desire for something that will eternally satisfy. We long for much more than this world can offer us; we want something that lasts forever. The apostle Paul ends Romans chapter 8 by reminding us that only God’s love lasts forever. It is only the love of God that is eternal, unending, and unshakable. As the children of God, we are recipients of God’s everlasting love and nothing can separate us from Him. This glorious reality is only possible through Christ Jesus.

The permanence of God’s love should bring us great comfort and peace, even in the midst of our trials and struggles. Paul says in verse 31 that if “God is for us, who can be against us?” These words are remarkable. This means that even when we don’t feel it, even when we think God has turned from us, He is always for us and always with us. Even if your friends, family, or even the whole world are against you, God is for you, and that is all that we need. These aren’t just empty promises, God has shown His eternal love for us through Christ.

In verses 32-34 Paul shares the wonderful truth of the Gospel and its implications for the life of those who believe. He reminds us that God put forth Christ Jesus, His only Son, to cover our sins. And because of this, we are justified, we are free from condemnation, and we have One that is interceding on our behalf. Because of Christ we are victorious; we are given the right to be called the children of God. By His life, death, and resurrection, we are now given new life and God has set His love upon each of us. And not just any love, but a love that is unending, unconditional, and unwavering.

Paul closes Romans chapter 8 by reminding us of this incredible truth. In verses 35-39 he reminds of the difficulties of living on this side of eternity. We will face tribulations, distress, danger, persecution, etc. Paul was writing as a man with firsthand experience, he was acquainted with suffering and hardships. But he could confidently say that whatever would come his way, he was assured that God’s love was unending. Regardless of what may come, we can never be separated from God’s everlasting love. That is one of the most comforting truths that you will find anywhere in all of the Scriptures. Let that speak to your heart and comfort you in the midst of your troubles.

Discussion Questions

Read: Romans 8:31-29
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.
1. Verse 31 tells us that God is for us. And previously in verse 28, Paul tells us that God works all things together for our good. Sometimes it can be really difficult for us to believe that God is for us, especially when we look around and see what’s happening in our world currently. Do you believe that God is for you? If so, how has He shown you this truth?

2. God has put forth Christ Jesus, His only Son, for the forgiveness of our sins. Because of Christ, we are not condemned and we are now justified in God’s sight. How does this impact your view of God? How does this impact the way that you live?

3. In verse 33, Paul says nobody can bring any charges against “God’s elect.” What does it mean to be elect? (Once you’ve discussed and determined the meaning of elect, discuss the implications of this truth. How does that change your perspective?)

4. Paul tells us that nothing can separate us from God’s love. His love is unending and unconditional. How is God’s love different from what the world calls love?

5. Are you certain of God’s love for you? Have there ever been times where you questioned God’s love? Maybe you thought He was angry with you?

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? 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

Roman’s 8:31-39
God’s Glory Revealed: Jesus, The Word

“What then are we to say about these things?” Romans 8:31a

1. There is now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus!
2. We have not received a spirit of slavery to sin or the flesh but a Spirit of Adoption!

1. We have been adopted by Abba Father which infers we have access to a personal relationship with our Father.
2. We are now co-heirs of the kingdom of God with Christ!

1. The sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us one day in eternity.
2. Jesus left us with the Holy Spirit who is our helper, and he intercedes for us.

What are your greatest fears?
What are you most concerned about?
What keeps you up at night?
What are you experiencing now, that is holding you back from feeling the ultimate and complete love of God?

“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies.” Romans 8:31-33

“Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:34-35

“As it is written:
Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.” Romans 8:36

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

“God has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe through him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:2b-3

Paul is methodically dismantling our fears.

“He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

God is not just somewhat for us, or for us now, or when we are at our best. He is always and will be always for us!

If God is For us: Who can accuse us?

When we allow the fears of our insufficiency to cause us to believe that we are not justified, we are missing the most important component of the good news of the Gospel.

“God is the one who justifies”

“When the devil accuses us and says, ‘You are a sinner and therefore damned,’ we should answer, ‘Because you say I am a sinner, I will be righteous and saved.’

‘No,’ says the devil, ‘you will be damned.’

And I reply, ‘No, for I fly to Christ, who gave himself for my sins. Satan, you will not prevail against me when you try to terrify me by setting forth the greatness of my sins and try to bring me into heaviness, distrust, despair, hatred, contempt and blasphemy against God.’

‘On the contrary, when you say I am a sinner, you give me armor and weapons against yourself, so that with your own sword I may cut your throat and tread you under my feet, for Christ died for sinners. . . . As often as you object that I am a sinner, so often you remind me of the benefit of Christ my Redeemer, on whose shoulders, and not on mine, lie all my sins. So when you say I am a sinner, you do not terrify me but comfort me immeasurably.’” ~Martin Luther

If God is for us, then no one can accuse us.

If God is For us: Who can condemn us?

“Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.” Romans 8:34

“If we hand our mess over to Christ our savior, will he ever, could he ever stop loving us? Even if he loves us right now, what about the future? Might there ever come a moment when he will turn away? Is there some future date however distant, however remote, way out in eternity future when God will stop covering us with his grace? If that day is out there then the Gospel is not good news!
Condemnation delayed is still condemnation, but eternally good news is really good news. How could it be otherwise? The Gospel is clear that God really does love us today because God really will love us tomorrow, and the day after that and then the day after that. We don’t know what the future holds except for this; we will always be stepping into one more moment after another of the love of God, Forever! God is declaring to you today his everlasting, and complete, and all-sufficient love for you in all your need.” ~Ray Ortlund

If God is for us, No one can condemn us!

If God is for us, Who can separate us from the love of God?

“The Greek word Paul uses for “conquerors” comes from the term hupernikao; We are hyper-conquerors. The latin, he says, is even better, -super vincemus: in all these things we are supermen through him who loved us.” – St. Andrews Commentary

We are supermen in Christ.

The love of God is real and it is life changing, not just now, but for eternal life.

Call to Response:

ALL: God is for us!

Nate: If God is for us, who can be against us?

Congregation: No one!

Nate: Who can condemn us in this world or the next?

Congregation: No one!

Nate: Who has given us the Spirit of Adoption?

Congregation: Our only true and perfect heavenly father!

Nate: And as we now have a personal relationship with our Aba Father does that change anything for us?

Congregation: Yes! It means everything! We are now fellow heirs with Christ to the eternal kingdom of God!

Nate: This world is hard and full of suffering. Is it worth it?

Congregation: The sufferings of our life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us one day!

Nate: But I feel alone sometimes and I don’t know what to say to God and how to react.

Congregation: The Holy Spirit is our helper, and he intercedes for us. He prays to God on our behalf even when we don’t know what to say!

Nate: Who can be against us?

Congregation: No one!

Nate: Who can accuse us?

Congregation: No one!

Nate: Who can condemn us?

Congregation: No one!

Nate: What can separate us from the love of God?

All: NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD!

All: Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to seperate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus!

All: NOTHING can separate us from the love of God!

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