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Throughout the Everyday Theology sermon series, we will explore foundational principles of the Christian faith in chapters 5-8 of the book of Romans. Rather than giving us only knowledge about God and His plan for restoring our relationship with Him through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we will learn from Paul what it means to have more of God Himself and the life Jesus died to give us — right now and for eternity.
Each week, your group will watch a brief video teaching from one of the Cornerstone pastors, complementing the corresponding sermon for the week. The study guide includes a warm-up question designed to help your group focus on the primary Scripture passage and its theological implications. The discussion section will jump into the meaning and impact of Paul’s major points. We’ll wrap things up with questions that explore how the passage applies to us today as followers of Jesus in a modern and chaotic world. For more info and ideas on leading your group, visit our sermon series resource page.
Please also encourage your group members to check out Daily Steps, Cornerstone's companion devotional guide for individual reflection, prayer, and meditation on related Scripture selections throughout the week!
This week we recommend that you begin your group time together in prayer and then watching the study guide video before you discuss the warm-up question.
Watch this week’s video teaching from Adrian Tsingaris, pastor of Cornerstone’s Walnut Creek campus.
Waiting with grace, patience, and a positive attitude is one of the hardest things to do. Sometimes the act of waiting is simple, although frustrating, like waiting in a long line at the DMV or sitting in a traffic jam. The worst kind of waiting, however, is the kind that is tied to a potentially life-changing unknown factor, like waiting on test results or waiting to hear if you got the job. Waiting can take minutes or years, but most of us hate doing it.
- In your group, take turns sharing about a time you had to wait.
- What emotions did it trigger?
- Did your feelings change or increase as time wore on?
- What did you do to cope with waiting? What helped you the most?
Read Romans 8:18 in at least two different translations of the Bible. (Leader Tip: You can compare multiple versions side by side when you click the link for this passage. Reading from more than one translation helps us to understand the context of the verses, consider the possible meanings, and apply Biblical truth to our daily lives.)
In his sermon, Pastor Steve Ingold said that there is a big difference between the kind of suffering we choose to endure and the suffering that happens to us. He gave the example of choosing to go through the pain of getting a tattoo. When someone gets a tattoo, he or she accepts the pain because the reason for it is clear upfront. On the other hand, when something bad happens to us which causes great suffering, our mental anguish is much greater because our minds can’t stop asking why.
- As you focus on verse 18, share about a time when you suffered through something without knowing the reason why it was happening at the time.
- What questions and emotions did you wrestle with during the process?
- After it was over or for a long time later, what perspective did you gain and what reasons were revealed?
- How do you think God has been glorified because of it? Or, how do you think God could’ve been glorified if you had approached it or done something differently?
Read Romans 8:19-25 in at least two different translations of the Bible. In the video you just watched, Pastor Adrian said, “We don’t like being dependent. We don’t like having to follow someone, we like to be in charge and make our own decisions for ourselves. We want to be in control.”
- Why do you think the process of waiting and the feeling of not being in control are so closely related?
- Read Genesis 3:1-7. Put yourself in Eve’s shoes and envision yourself in the garden with the serpent. In what ways do you think that a need for control motivated Eve to take a bite of the fruit?
- Why did God subject Adam and Eve, along with the rest of creation, to frustration, futility, and suffering according to 8:20-22?
- What does verse 23 tell us that we are waiting for, just as all those who have come before us?
- Why is it significant that our bodies -- not just our souls -- will one day be transformed and redeemed?
- What does that verse say is the difference between us today and those who lived before Jesus came?
- Why do you think Paul mentions it if believers today still “groan” just as the human race always has? (see verses 23-25)
- Is thinking about heaven and who you will become when you are finally with Jesus face-to-face something you ever think about? Why or why not? If you do think about it, how does thinking about it help you?
- The Message version says in verse 25, “That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” What are some ways that the act of waiting helps to change you, grow you, or teach you?
Read Romans 8:26-27 in at least two different translations of the Bible.
- What role does the Holy Spirit play in helping us through suffering and times of waiting? Make a list together based on this passage of Scripture, from other verses of the Bible you are familiar with, and your own personal experience. (Leader tip: See this short article for a list of six ways the Holy Spirit prays for us.)
- Share a time when you had no idea how to pray or what to pray for in a difficult situation or season of life. Did others come alongside you to pray? How does knowing that the Holy Spirit is pleading before your Heavenly Father on your behalf bring you comfort and hope?
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Daily Steps is a weekly devotional message designed as a companion to this sermon study guide. You will be guided as you spend time with God through personal reflection, Scripture readings, and prayer prompts.
DAILY STEPS - EVERYDAY THEOLOGY - ROMANS 8:25
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