Sermon Discussion: 4-14-24

DISCUSSION GUIDE | In the Name of Jesus | You are Adopted | Romans 8:12-30

Gathering Prayer 

Father, by Your Spirit, please guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • Were there any particular insights or moments that stood out to you?

Romans 8:12-30

  • What stands out to you from this passage? What grabs your attention? Why?
  • Reflect on this claim that Jesus is our brother (Romans 8:17, Romans 8:29, John 21:17, Hebrews 2:11, and other places). Do you normally think of Jesus as your brother? How do you feel about calling Jesus your brother? 

Four Implications of adoption to sonship: 

  1. We relate to God as Jesus relates to God.

NT Wright (The Challenge of Jesus): Christians are “Welcomed into a new world: a world where they can know God the way Jesus knew God, where they can be intimate children with their father.”

  1. We’re all in the same boat. 
  1. We are all family. 
  1. We need to learn to live in this new family.

Russell Moore (Adopted for Life): “When my sons arrived in the family, their legal status was not ambiguous at all. They were our kids. But their wants and affections were still atrophied by time in the orphanage. They didn’t know that flies on their faces were bad. They didn’t know that a strange man feeding them their first scary gulps of solid food wasn’t a torturer. Life in the cribs alone must have seemed to them like freedom. That’s what I was missing about the biblical doctrine of adoption. Sure it’s glorious in the long run. But it sure seems like hell in the short run.”

Reflect on the quote by NT Wright. 

• What would change in your life if the vision for your walk with God was to know God the way Jesus knew God?

• Why do you think most Christians don’t have this vision for their walk with God?

• Reflect on the quote by Russell Moore.
Growth in Christ is like learning the ways of the new family. How does your walk with God relate to the experience of these two adopted boys?

Put into Practice

  • What are some practical ways you can claim your relationship with God as a co-heir with Christ?
  • What challenges will you face in living into this truth?

Closing Prayer