Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that believers are called to live as slaves to God, not sin. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live as slaves to God, not sin.
Read Romans 8:28-30
I. No Chaos of Purpose. In our Sunday School material Paul talks about how his readers know that in all things God works for the good of His people. He talks about how God foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and glorified His people. A siblinghood is mentioned in vs. 29.
- God is working things out. Notice in vs. 28 that God is working in all things for the good of His people. First, all things are not good. Think about babies born addicted to crack, women being raped, and men being warehoused in prisons.
Second, God can work in all things for the good of His people. Think about how God can take your being fired from one job to move you to open a profitable business.
Third, we should make sure that we are one of God’s people. This calls for accepting Jesus as our savior by faith. Let’s work on trusting God to work things out for the good of His people.
- God’s plans for His children. Notice in vss. 29-30 of our Sunday School material that God has a plan for His people.
First, we are not simply floating along from one crisis to another. God has a plan that includes some hills and valleys, but the good will out weight the bad, before the end.
Second, God’s plan include some blessings for His people as brothers and sisters. Therefore, we should learn to love and get along with one another, so we can enjoy what God has for His children.
We may have to share some of the planned blessings. Let’s work on trusting God’s plan and get along with our Christian siblings.
Read Romans 8:31-36
II. No Disconnect From Love. In our Sunday School material Paul talks about how when God is for His people, there is no one worth mentioning to oppose them. The same God who gave His Son can be trusted to supply all that His people need.
A rhetorical question (i.e., raised for emphasis, the answer is understood) is raised about who can separate God’s people from the love of Christ.
- Those against us don’t matter. Notice in vs. 31 that those who are against God’s people don’t matter. First, there may be many who are against us. The devil is against every believer. And he uses people to cause trouble in our lives.
Second, compared to God, those who are against are of no importance. Thus, we should not fret or worry about them. Let’s live like we believe that God’s plan for our lives is more powerful than those who are against us.
- The Father’s giving of His Son. Notice in vs. 32 that God’s giving of His Son insures that He will take care of His people. If for no other reason, the Father will take care of us, so that His Son’s death will not be in vain.
Let’s live like we trust God’s taking care of us. This kind of living should be known for confidence, joy, and expectation, in spite of our circumstances.
Read Romans 8:37-39
III. No Defeat by Foes. Paul answers his own question in our Sunday School material. Nothing can separate God’s people from His love. In fact, he talks about how God’s people are more than conquerors, in the face of the worst of times.
- More than conquerors. Notice in vss. 37-39 that the people of God are more than conquerors through Christ. First, no matter how bad things look, those who belong to God will win. We may lose some battles, but we will win the war.
Second, the victory is through Christ. We are not victorious because of our own strength, wisdom, and morality. We are victorious because of the ministry of Jesus Christ for us.
Let’s live like we are more than conquerors through Christ. This kind of living should be known for confidence, joy, and enthusiastic worship (i.e., praising God for what He is going to do).
- Nothing can separate us. Notice in vss. 35, 37-39 that nothing can separate us from God’s loving us. Death cannot separate us, because God loves us and takes care of us on both sides of the grave.
Demons cannot separate us, because God is stronger than the devil and demons. Nothing in the future will separate us, not even our own wrong doing. God loves us because of Jesus, not just because of our promise to live right.
Let’s live like we believe that nothing can separate us from the love of God. This kind of living doesn’t walk around depressed because of personal failures or the negative circumstances of life.
This kind of living praises God anyhow because of the faith that God still loves His people and is still working things out for them.
Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we are more than conquerors through Christ. God has much for those who obey His will.Please click here to let us know, if this has been quality and helpful information for you (i.e., make sure you let us know the name of the article). Feel free to share your questions and comments about the article as well.