Hear the stories of hope in the midst of suffering from three remarkable Gallery individuals. In this sermon Pastor Brad weaves their stories with the story of Christ's suffering focusing specifically on Romans 8:18, "I consider that our present sufferings aren't worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
Re-read Romans 8:18-30 from this past weekend’s sermon. Pay attention to the tension between the hope in what we have and the groaning at what is not yet here.
Consider The Message translation’s take on Roman’s 8:26-28 ‘Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.’ Where in your life could you only ache? Only sigh or groan? Looking back, are you able to identify how The Spirit was near you?
Brainstorm ways that you can tangibly reconcile the balance between God’s kingdom being fully present and yet to come. Ex: examine a relationship in your life and rely on God’s Holy Spirit to help you reflect his heart. Ex: Commit to journaling through a difficult issue.