Introduction.

In the New Testament, the word “rejoice” (kauchaomai) is used 35 times. It means to boast or take pride in something or someone. Over the next three weeks, we will study Romans 5:1-11. This passage gives three different reasons to rejoice.

 

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SERIES TITLE: REASON TO REJOICE

PART THREE: Reconciliation

TEXT:  Romans 5:6-11

INTRODUCTION.

In the New Testament, the word “rejoice” (kauchaomai) is used 35 times. It means to boast or take pride in something or someone. Over the next three weeks, we will study Romans 5:1-11. This passage gives three different reasons to rejoice.

DISCUSSION.

If you have ever experienced or witnessed the reconciliation of a relationship, what words would you use to describe it?

EXAMINATION. 

v.6 In what way are we “powerless”? (Consider the same word “powerless” as it is translated “sick” in Acts 5:15.)

Who is “ungodly”, and does that mean Christ only died for a limited number of the worst people?

Vv.7-8 What point is being made in these two verses about Christ’s death for us?

What are the implications of Christ giving his life “while we were still sinners”?

What does that tell us about our relationship to God’s love, both in the past and in the present?

v.9 What is the difference between being justified now and being saved from God’s wrath later?

v.10 In what way can the average person be considered God’s “enemy”?

What does it mean that we are “saved through his life”?

v.11 Describe why this reconciliation is a reason to rejoice?

APPLICATION.

  • Tim Keller: “Here's the gospel: you're more sinful than you ever dared believe; you're more loved than you ever dared hope.”
  • Who would you be willing to die for? What “qualifies” someone to be in the circle of those for whom we are willing to sacrifice our life?
  • Why is it important for us to grasp our sinfulness?
  • Why is it important for us to grasp the depth of God’s love?
  • Which of these two is harder for you?
  • What is the danger of focusing on only one of those two statements rather than on both of them together?
  • React to the idea that “the greater the gap of separation, the greater the joy of reconciliation.”
  • What does it look like, sound like, feel like to rejoice in reconciliation?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?