THE RESULTS OF CHRISTMAS: Romans 8:28-30

posted in: Sermons | 0

SCRIPTURE

Romans 8:28-30 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. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

BIG IDEA

In Romans 8:28-30, the apostle Paul helps us see three great things. First, our bad things will work out for good (8:28). There is not a square inch in your whole life, Christian, that God will not in the end work for His greatest glory and your greatest good. God only gives satan and suffering enough rope to hang themselves. Second, our good things can never be lost (8:29-30a). The foundation of our hope is God’s sovereign grace in our salvation. If God is the one who saves us by grace alone, rather than we who earn salvation ourselves, then our good things can never be lost. If we didn’t do anything to earn our salvation, we could never do anything to unearn it. Third of all, we see our best things are yet to come (8:30b). Paul says that all those who belong to Jesus will one day be glorified (Paul even uses “glorified” in the past tense, showing us how secure our future is). Paul is saying Christians are on a collision course with glory! We will see Jesus. We will be made glorious like Jesus. And we will live with Him in never-ending joy, forever. All of this is possible because of Christmas. Jesus came and lived, died, and arose as our Savior and King who will one day make everything sad come true (8:31-39). Is your faith in Jesus? If so, you have great reasons to rejoice!

DISCUSSION

1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Romans 8:28-30 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?

Our bad things will work out for good (8:28). There is not a square inch in your whole life, Christian, that God will not in the end work for His greatest glory and your greatest good. God only gives satan and suffering enough rope to hang themselves.

2. How might we misinterpret Romans 8:28? How can God’s promise in Romans 8:28 help you handle suffering even in the midst of terrible periods of life? How has your mind or heart been changed since you came to understand this promise?

Our good things can never be lost (8:29-30a). The foundation of our hope is God’s sovereign grace in our salvation. If God is the one who saves us by grace alone, rather than we who earn salvation ourselves, then our good things can never be lost. If we didn’t do anything to earn our salvation, we could never do anything to unearn it.

3. How might we misinterpret Romans 8:29-30? How can having assurance in your salvation change the way you think and live today?

Our best things are yet to come (8:30b). Paul says that all those who belong to Jesus will one day be glorified (Paul even uses “glorified” in the past tense, showing us how secure our future is). Paul is saying Christians are on a collision course with glory! We will see Jesus. We will be made glorious like Jesus. And we will live with Him in never-ending joy, forever.

4. How does the promise of our future glorification excite you about your future with Jesus? How can this promise change the way you think and live today?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Friday, January 9th we will be having a Worship Night hosted by Ekklesia Checotah. 7pm. 214 W. Gentry Ave. Checotah, OK 74426 (The Gentry Theater). Childcare will be provided.
  • This Sunday, January 4th we will be starting a new sermon series through the gospel account of Mark.

DOWNLOADS