Bible Leads: Romans 5:1-11

TEXT

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. What does it mean to have “peace with God”?
  2. How can sin and goodness live together in the same soul?
  3. In what ways does being reconciled to God direct the purposes of my life?
  4. What can we do to discover the redeemable elements of suffering?

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SOUNDTRACK

  1. New Constellation, by Toad the Wet Sprocket
  2. Look at You, by My Morning Jacket
  3. Sec Walking, by My Morning Jacket
  4. Touch Me I’m Going to Scream, Pt.1, by My Morning Jacket
  5. Comeback Story, by Kings of Leon
  6. Wait for Me, by Kings of Leon
  7. Over My Head, by Alabama Shakes
  8. Guess Who, by Alabama Shakes
  9. Empty, by Ray LaMontagne
  10. Out of My Head, by Desert Noises

HAIKU

So I wait
in my suffering
for some hope.

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