Sunday School Material 4-23-17: Reconciling Love





(Romans 5:6-11; 8:31-39; 4/23/17)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that through Christ, people have a way to be both right with God and more than a conqueror. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to make sure that we are right with God and more than conquerors through Christ.

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Body:
Read Romans 5:6-11
I. Enemies Become Children.
Paul talks about how God’s love for believers is shown by the death of His Son. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Being justified shields believers from God’s terrible future wrath. Believers can boast in the reconciliation that we have through Christ.

Applications –
- God’s love for us.
Notice in vs. 8 that God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. First, we should remember that we did not work our way back to God with righteous living. On the contrary, we were powerless sinners, when God made the first move towards us.

Second, Christ died for us because the wages of our sins was death. His death is a substitute payment for our sins. Let’s live like we believe that God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die for us. Such living should be known for joyful obedience.

- Justified and reconciled. Notice in vss. 9-11 that believers are justified and reconciled through Christ. First, to be justified is to be declared righteous. It is similar to being pardoned of our sins. We are justified because of Jesus’ death for our sins, not because of any good that we have done.

Second, to be reconciled is to restore friendly relations. We are reconciled with God, instead of being enemies of God, through the ministry of Jesus Christ. Third, as justified and reconciled believers, we don’t have to fear God’s future wrath. We will be saved from such.

And we can boast or rejoice in the God who justifies and reconciles us through His Son. Even when we cannot shout about our money, health, or loved ones, we can rejoice in knowing that things are well between God and ourselves. Let’s live like we understand the blessings of being justified and reconciled with God.

Read Romans 8:31-39
II. Children Become Conquerors.
The question is raised, “If God be for us, who can be against us”? The answer is no one worth mentioning. God will take care of His own. Jesus mediates for the believers. Nothing can separate believers from the love of God.

Applications –
- When God is for us.
Notice in vs. 31 that the when God is for us, no one worth mentioning can stand against us. First, we need to make sure that God is for us. This is a matter of making sure that we are saved and striving to love God and others, as we love ourselves.

Second, even when people in our families, on our jobs, and in our communities are against us, God is greater than all of them put together. Therefore, there is no need to fear. Let’s work on living like we trust that God is greater than anything that comes against us.

- God’s care. Notice in vs. 32 the idea that since God has given His Son for us, He will graciously give us all things. In other words, God has too much invested in us to just leave us now. For God to abandon us is for God to abandon the great bloody sacrifice of His Son.

Reflecting on these things should help us press forward with confidence that God will take care of His own. Let’s live like we trust God to take care of us.

- Jesus’ ministry. Notice in vs. 34 that Jesus mediates for believers. Jesus is on the right side of the Father being our “go between” and advocate. He is talking the Father into giving us more mercy and less deserved punishment.

On one hand, we should rejoice about having Jesus working on our behalf. On the other hand, we should strive to live so Jesus doesn’t have to work so hard on our behalf.

This calls for giving our best to loving God and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s work on living like we appreciate Jesus’ ministry for us.

- Nothing separates us from God’s love. Notice in vss. 35-39 that believers shall not be separated from the love of God. On one hand, there may be a great deal of trouble that comes our way. There can be trouble in our minds, health, finances, relationships, and service efforts.

Being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from trouble. On the other hand, it is good to know that we will never be separated from the love of God. Through Christ, we are more than conquerors. We may suffer some lost battles, but we will win the war.

Let’s live like we believe that nothing shall separate us from the love of God. This kind of living should include confidence and joy, in spite of troubled times.

Conclusion: Let’s work on making sure that we are right with God and are more than conquerors through Christ. God has much for those who obey His will.



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