Peace Through the Cross – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘Shalom’ with a message titled ‘Peace Through the Cross’ based on Romans 5:1-11.
 
  1. Peace is  needed (v. 1)
  2. Peace is  promised (v. 1-5) 
  3. Peace is  experienced (v. 5 – 8)   
  4. Peace is  maintained  (v. 9 – 11)

 

ICEBREAKER:What’s your best “my coworkers are crazy” story?

1. Romans 5:1-2 speaks of at least three benefits for believers in Jesus Christ. What are these benefits, and what difference do they make [cf. Colossians 1:20; Ephesians 3:11-12; and Colossians 1:27]?

2. How is it possible to “rejoice in our sufferings” [Romans 5:3]? How does the Holy Spirit work through our sufferings to help us grow in Christ-likeness [Romans 5:3-5]? Consult also Matthew 5:11-12; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; and James 1:2-4.

3. In Romans 5:6-8, humans are called “weak”, “ungodly”, and “sinners”. Is this an accurate portrayal of humanity? If so, what evidence would you provide for those who are skeptical [cf. Romans 3:9-18; Galatians 5:19-21; and Ephesians 2:1-3]?

4. The bad news is humanity is in a spiritual mess. The good news is God never abandoned us [Romans 5:6-8]. How did God show His love for us, why did He love us, and what had we done to deserve His love? Also look up John 3:16; John 15:13; 1 Timothy 1:15; and 1 John 4:10.

5. Both God’s love and wrath are clearly portrayed in Romans 5:8-9. How do you understand these seemingly contradictory aspects of God’s nature, why are they both necessarily crucial, and what do they teach us about our God [cf. Romans 1:18-32; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; and 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10]?

6. Due to Christ’s death, we have been reconciled to God [Romans 5:10-11]. What does this mean, why was it necessary, and how does it impact how you live as Jesus’ follower [cf. Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 2:14-16; and Colossians 1:19-20]?

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God.” (Ravi Zacharias)