Strangers Taken In!
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-13, ESV)
Remember the division of their past!
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles...
"And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed." (Acts 13:48, ESV)
Remember the hopelessness of their past!
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Brought near in Christ
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near...
"Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord, “and I will heal him" (Isaiah 57:19, ESV)
"And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You." (Psalm 9:10, ESV)
Week 8 - Strangers Taken In!
This weekend’s sermon was about being “Strangers Taken In!” Today’s study will look at the topic of “adoption”, or how we become a child of GOD. Today we will also look at how we are empowered through this adoption, no longer being aliens/strangers to GOD, but being made members of GOD’s household, of GOD’s family.
Let's start with a brief review of Sunday’s passage. Read Romans 8:12-17 carefully as a group.
1. What attributes/characteristics of the children of God (believers) does Paul point out
throughout this passage?
2. According to this verse, what criteria are necessary for people to be considered sons of
Read Galatians 4:4-7 .
3. According to Paul, why did “God send forth his son?”
4. Abba is a very affectionate term for father. It is very much like calling someone “Daddy”. As
5. In v6, what is the purpose of God sending His Spirit into our hearts crying, “Abba, Father!”?
Read Romans 8:18-25 as a group.
6. V18 – What sufferings and what glory are being spoken of for those adopted into GOD’s
7. V18 – As a group, discuss why the sufferings of the present age are NOT compara- ble with the glory that is going to be revealed to us?
Experiencing the Glory of God will not only be much more intense and powerful...but it will last for eternity. The
struggles we endure are only temporary...until our bodies/- flesh are redeemed!
As believers, we have been adopted into GOD’s family and we are co-heirs with CHRIST. This adoption is not one of convenience, but one of necessity. In our natural state, we are separated from GOD but through this adoption, we are no longer orphans or aliens, we have a family...GOD’s family! In this adoption, we are co-heirs with CHRIST, which means that we not only partake in CHRIST’s victory, but we also partake in His sufferings. We are not left to face these struggles and sufferings alone, but we have a hope and an empowerment through this adoption to face, endure, and ultimately have victory over them.