1. In Segment 1, we looked at the start of v. 28, “and we…”
A: It was said that the “we” of this verse are those that are a part of the family of God. Why is it important to see becoming a Christian as a move into the family of God?
B: In light of being a part of the family of God, how can community groups care well for one another?
2. In Segment 2, we looked at the word, “know”, of v. 28.
A: Pastor Nate mentioned that people use the word, “know”, today to express their opinions. What are examples of this word being used in that manner?
B: Paul is using this word to state a fact, an absolute reality. How does having a confidence of what God will do based on His character give us confidence as we live our lives?
3. In Segment 3, we considered the phrase, “that for those who love God…”
A: This phrase brought up the question of who is God for any who read this text. Why is it important to define a person’s use of “God”? How can we better communicate our understanding of God in explicit & clear terms rather than with vague language?
B: We were encouraged to ask people open-ended questions to start conversations about God. What are examples of good open-ended questions that initiate gospel conversations? (Find out more on SUN nights at 6:15 PM!)
C: This phrase also presses us to ask what it means to love God. Based on John 14:15, 1 John 2:3-6, & 1 John 5:1-3, what needs to be included in our understanding of what it means to love God?
4. In Segment 4, discussed the phrase, “all things work together for good…”
A: The word, “all”, in this passage is comprehensive. How does knowing that God remains in charge through ALL THINGS help us to navigate all the various types of circumstances we face?
B: Pastor Nate went through many moments where bad things were used by God for good, the ultimate benefit of His people & for God’s glory. What are examples where you’ve seen this to be the case?
5. In Segment 5, we talked about, “for those who are called”, in v. 28.
A: It was explained that this calling is the effectual call of God to salvation, that this is the work of God. Read John 15:16,19 & 1 John 4:10,19…How does believing that we love God because He first loved us offer us assurance of our standing with God? What happens if the opposite were true, if God only loved us because of our love of Him? How would that create uncertainty?
6. In Segment 6, we finished v. 28 with the phrase, “according to His purpose.”
A: It was expressed that all that takes place isn’t because of our plans/ designs/achievements. How does knowing this is all God’s work & will lead to praise of God?
B: As we ended, we were encouraged to take time to ponder the greatness of God. What are ways you can intentionally take time to do this?
C: What are things taking our time & attention that are insignificant in the grand scheme of things?