Welcome to another night of Community Groups! Please lean into this guide as much as you need to; use this as a tool to help facilitate fruitful conversation, but please do not let this become a script if you do not need it to be. You know your group better than I do! The goal for this evening is to explore the different ways that we have experienced Romans 8:28 being “autocorrected” and to begin to question what Paul is actually trying to tell us. If you can arrive at that destination with your group more efficiently with different questions, please feel free to simply use these as inspiration!
What is something that you have worked really hard to accomplish?
- Often, passages like verse 28 have been interpreted to mean that everything happens for a reason. Research has shown that the belief that everything happens for a reason is prevalent among both those who identify as religious as well as those who do not. Why do you think this is seems to be a common tendency?
- In this passage Paul is considering present realities of suffering in light of the hope he has in a future reality. Why do you think that train of thought led to this pronouncement that, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose?”
- What do you think Paul means by, “Good”?
- How do you see this idea affirming or in tension with human free will?
- How do you see this idea affirming or in tension with God’s sovereignty?
- Are there other places in scripture where you see God bringing good out of bad?
- What does this passage tell us about God?