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September 23 - 29, 2018


A NOTE FROM PASTOR MIKE

Grace Church Family,
When did you last groan? What was it about? The state of the world? The sinfulness you see all around? The many frustrations of this life? Your feeble, frail, failing body?
This Sunday we will be focused in on Romans 8:23-25, “The Groaning and The Glory, Part 2”. I want you to grasp that your hope in Christ cannot be overcome by your groaning. Groaning comes from within. Hope comes from God. Groaning has its source in us. Hope is sourced in God.

I want you to see that groaning is not grumbling (I hate the food, I don’t like my family) or gossiping (did you hear what she said, I can’t believe what he did). We will see what Christian groaning really is and how it can drive us to increasing Gospel-centeredness as God is sanctifying us and we are on the way to glorification.

In Christ,
Mike

P.S. Here are some things to be thinking about as you prepare and pray towards Sunday. (Read Rom. 8:18-27; Lk. 21:25-33; 1 Cor. 15:42-58; 2 Cor. 2:14-17, 5:1-15; Gal. 4:1-7; Jude 17-25)
1. What is the focal point of a believer’s inward groaning? Describe it from your perspective. How does your experience align with or diverge from Scripture?
2. Where does a believer’s groaning come from and why do we groan?
3. In this passage our adoption as sons and redemption of our bodies seem to be one and the same thing. How can that be?
4. How would you help a professing believer who says they have given up hope?
5. How does the believer’s heart cry for Christ to return shape our groaning and our Gospel-centered living while awaiting glory? (Rev. 22:20; 1 Cor. 16:22; Matt. 6:10)

 


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