Sermon Guides_June 7: Romans 8:18-25

Sermon Guides_June 7: Romans 8:18-25

Kid City Notes

Click here to watch our Kid City video that corresponds to this sermon guide. [https://vimeo.com/showcase/7026436]

Bible passage: Romans 8:18-25
Story point: The glory of Heaven cannot compare to the suffering we experience on Earth.
Key passage: Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

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

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil
Write: the key passage, Romans 8:18, 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: Things may be hard and we will experience suffering, but we can have hope in the promise of Heaven.

Bible Story Questions

1. What did Miss Stephanie tell us suffering is? (It is something bad or unpleasant.)
2. When did suffering come into the world? (Suffering came into the world when Adam and Eve sinned.)
3. Why can we have hope even though there is suffering? (God has promised the glory of Heaven to those who have put their trust in Jesus. Even though things are hard and life is not perfect, Heaven with God is going to be so much greater than any of the pain we experience on Earth.)
4. Who is fearfully and wonderfully made? (Me, you, and everyone. God created us in His image and we are all loved by Him.)

Activity: Thankful Hot Potato

Supplies: An object you can pass around and music or a timer
Sit in a circle with the “hot potato” and pay attention to who has the potato at the beginning of the round. When the timer goes off or the music stops whoever has the “hot potato” should thank God for 1 thing they really love about whoever started the round. So, if Zach is the first person to hold the hot potato and Austin ends up with the hot potato, he might say “Thank you God for giving me a patient dad.” The next person who ends with the potato will thank God for Austin. Play several rounds.

Say: God has created us in His image, we are all wonderfully made. He has given us all wonderful qualities, some that are similar and some that are unique. Let’s thank God for his love and for creating us.

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

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil
Write: the verse, Romans 8:18 , on a piece of paper and read it together. Take turns scribbling over or erasing a word or two and reading the verse filling in the missing words.
Say: Things may be hard and we will experience suffering, but we can have hope in the promise of Heaven.

Bible Story Questions

1. What is suffering and when did it come into the world? (It is something bad or unpleasant that came when Adam and Eve sinned. Everything was perfect when God first created the World. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life.)
2. Why can we have hope even though there is suffering? (God has promised the glory of Heaven to those who have put their trust in Jesus. Even though things are hard and life is not perfect, Heaven with God is going to be so much greater than any of the pain we experience on Earth.)
3. Who is fearfully and wonderfully made? (Me, you, and everyone. God created us in His image and we are all loved by Him.)

Activity: Thankful Hot Potato

Supplies: An object you can pass around and music or a timer
Sit in a circle with the “hot potato” and pay attention to who has the potato at the beginning of the round. When the timer goes off or the music stops whoever has the “hot potato” should thank God for 1 thing they really love about whoever started the round. So, if Zach is the first person to hold the hot potato and Austin ends up with the hot potato, he might say “Thank you God for giving me a patient dad.” The next person who ends with the potato will thank God for Austin. Play several rounds.

Say: God has created us in His image, we are all wonderfully made. He has given us all wonderful qualities, some that are similar and some that are unique. Let’s thank God for his love and for creating us.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Gospel Student Ministries

Scripture: Romans 8:18-25
Life in the Spirit: Present Sufferings, Future Glory

Intro/Overview

It’s no secret that our nation and our world are experiencing great turmoil. This is a truly difficult and tense time for a lot of us. Beyond dealing with the challenges of a worldwide pandemic, we are now dealing with the racial tensions that have caused a divide in our country.

We are navigating through a mix of emotions: anger, fear, confusion, anxiety, etc. 2020 has been a really difficult year and a lot of people are having a hard time dealing with their current reality. Seeing things like sickness, death, and discrimination remind us that suffering is part of the human experience. Suffering is a result of living in a fallen and broken world.

Tribulations and afflictions will impact all of us. We all suffer in different ways, but as Christians, we have a hope that allows us to suffer well. In Romans chapter 8, the apostle Paul reminds us that our present sufferings aren’t worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed to us when Christ returns. This glorious inheritance that we have is possible because of Christ Jesus and His life, death, and resurrection. Because he’s conquered sin and death, we can live with a victorious hope.

Creation and humanity have been subjected to the curse and effects of sin. As a result, our world isn’t as it should be. Sin has fractured God’s design and every time we see injustice, death, pain and suffering, we know that the world is out of order. As believers, we have been given the Spirit of God and it is the Spirit that groans and longs within us. We anticipate the day that all things are redeemed and all that we have in Christ is finally realized. In the meantime, we, along with all of creation, eagerly await a day of restoration.

Discussion Questions

Read: Romans 8:18-25
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.
1. Paul is a man that suffered greatly. Yet he is convinced that his future inheritance far outweighs his current suffering. How do you view suffering?

2. As a result of the fall, all of creation has been subjected to the curse. That means that even nature isn’t fulfilling its purposes or functioning as it should. What is God’s purpose for humanity/creation? And how can we fulfill our purpose?

3. Verse 23 says that even as believers we long for a day of restoration. Are you eagerly awaiting Christ’s return? What can you do in the meantime?

4. As believers, Jesus Christ is our hope. And Paul tells us that we hope for what we do not see. Are you hoping in Christ alone? Or in the midst of your suffering are you placing your hope elsewhere?

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.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Adults

Hope is often born in the wilderness of suffering

“I will be found by you”—this is the LORD’s declaration—”and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you”—this is the LORD’s declaration. “I will restore you to the place from which I deported you.”
Jeremiah 29:14

Our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that awaits us.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”
Romans 8:18

“For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.”
2 Corinthians 4:17

“and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”
1 Peter 1:4

The glory of our future inheritance shines brightest against the backdrop of human suffering.

“For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of him who subjected it—in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first fruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.”
Romans 8:19-23

“Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Absolute futility. Everything is futile.”
Ecclesiastes 1:2

When we see the reality of death, corruption, injustice, pain and suffering, our souls cry out, longing for the whole of creation to be restored.

“Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.”
Romans 8:24-25

“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1

Our hope is in the cross and the redemptive, finished work of the Lord Jesus.

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
John 16:33

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.