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Sunday Bible Study: Romans 5:1-8

Updated: Jun 24

On this Second Sunday after Pentecost, we reflect on times of sorrow and suffering, and discuss where a good and gracious God may be found in the midst of these difficult times.

Our Scripture passage is found in the apostle Paul's letter to the Romans. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (Romans 5:1-8).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • What does this passage from Paul reveal about his understandings of God; of Jesus; of the Holy Spirit?

  • What does Paul's writing reveal about his understanding of human existence?

  • For some people, suffering can lead to despair or bitterness or hopelessness - how do these experiences lead to endurance and character and, finally, hope?

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph in the study guide, reflect on its discussion of affirmations about suffering and hope.

  • Throughout times of difficulty and suffering, how can the belief that God is with you in all things, and that God is a loving, healing presence, provide you a reliance on the goodness of God and what the future holds?

  • Finally, hope in one's circumstance provides only certain things: reflect on what hope can provide for the future, but also what hope cannot provide or guarantee.

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