Sermon 2020-05-17

All-Conquering Love

Romans 8:28-39
Rev. Tim Meendering
May 17, 2020

Order of Service

  • Welcome and Call to Worship
  • Song – 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
  • Responsive Reading
  • Song – The Solid Rock
  • Sermon – All-Conquering Love
  • Song – How Firm a Foundation
  • Closing Blessing
 
Immediately following the service, you can join us for a virtual coffee and conversation time via zoom, or you can join us at 11 for a sermon discussion time, also via zoom. Both links are in your email that you received this morning.

Sermon Notes

Questions for family/small group discussions:
  • How are you impacted by the barrage of media/news that is often bad these days, and how do you manage your intake of this barrage?
 
How do we drive and thrive through the dismal fog of bad news? We see three truths about the amazing good news about our future:
 
1. All our bad turns out for good.
  • How have you seen God turn your bad into good? Where do you most struggle with this truth that God turns all our bad into good?
  • Since this truth applies only to those who love God, how does this impact your burden for those who live without Jesus?
 
2. God’s all-conquering love will change you.
  • We said that God’s power, wisdom, and love provides not an escape but rather a triumph over all bad things. How might you often work frantically to escape the bad when it may be better to trust in what God can do through it?
  • Since God is using all things so that we are conformed to the image of his Son (vs. 29), what are some ways that you could be focusing on changing the circumstances or the other person rather than focusing on changing your heart and character flaws—with marriage, work, family, school, friends?
  • How has God worked through the pain, wounds, and circumstances to prune away your flaws and yield the priceless fruit of character, strength, and insight?
  • As God works to teach us how to let go of the things that serve as substitutes for the security, joy, peace, hope, and love that only he can provide, what things would he want you to loosen your grip on?
  • What can we learn from what appeared to be the dismal, catastrophic failure of the cross? How does this “failure” impact you and all of history?
 
3. God’s all-conquering love will carry you.
  • What does Romans 8:29-30 say about all the benefits and love of God for you?
  • Imagine, as Lisa Beamer experienced, the hopelessness of those who suffer without Jesus. Identify at least two neighbors, friends, family members, or co-workers who don’t know Jesus and commit to pray for them daily. Ask God for a love that is willing to suffer for the hopeless just as Jesus was willing to suffer for you.
  • What does it mean for you that nothing is fatal and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ?
  • What did Jesus suffer and give up so that you can forever be accepted and made glorious with his beauty? How does Jesus’ love and actions for you shape what is to be your response to his mission for you to love and pursue those who are lost?
  • St. Teresa of Avila said that “From heaven, even the most miserable life will look like one bad night in an inconvenient hotel.” When you consider this and Romans 8:18, how does this help carry you through the struggles and suffering?
 
Resources for further study, application, and loving Jesus: