A Savior is Born — LOVE
Romans 5:6-8 (ESV)
"6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. "
1. The Proof of God’s Love
"1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)
2. The Timing of God’s Love
"6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. " Romans 5:6
3. The Meaning of God’s Love
"7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. " Romans 5:7-8
LIFE GROUP NOTES SESSION 3
Jesus is our Shepherd of love. When we wander away from him, he brings us back to the fold to protect us from danger. God also chose shepherds to deliver the good news of his son.
Name a time when God spoke to you through someone, his word, or a circumstance and you sensed God saying, “I love you.”
Jesus is a shepherd who guards our life and gathers us in. What comfort do you personally have knowing that you’ll never be left behind by the Shepherd?
⊲ BE CHALLENGED
Go out of your way and encourage an unbeliever this week with a truth you learned in this lesson. Meet with that person, write an email, or mail a card. Share how God has helped you in your struggles with seeing God as the sovereign Shepherd in your life. What happened?
⊲ FURTHER STUDY
What does it mean that you have been justified by faith? How does this verse tie into the Christmas story?