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November 11 - The Spirit's Prayer and the Father's Promise (Romans 8:26-30)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

Adult Education

Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching "Living as Exiles" in the youth room. This study considers instruction from Paul and Peter on living between the times.

Jon Goforth will continue teaching on the doctrine of man in the Adult 1 classroom. 

Worship Songs

Look and See
Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor
God Over All
All I have is Christ
Salvation Belongs to our God

Romans 8:26-30

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 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.

Summary

Chapter 8 of Romans provides the Christian with great assurance of God's love and commitment to him. After explaining the glory that is to be revealed to believers, Paul offers two reasons for confidence that the Christian will finally and completely reach this future glory. He says that even though we are weak, God's Spirit will pray for us and God's purposes will stand in making sure that we reach the final shore. Even in this life of futility and frustration, the Christian can rest in certainty that God will save his people.

Review and Apply

Share with the group your normal practice of prayer.

If your practice of prayer reflects our need for God, what is revealed in your life?

If God knows our needs and even prays focus, why do we need to pray?

What makes up 'all things?'

What does it mean that 'all things work for good?' How does your answer apply to your life right now? Give an example.

How would you use this promise to encourage another Christian?

What is the purpose of God in his working with 'all things?'

What assurance does he give us of the certainty of our salvation?