BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 15, Day 5: Romans 8:35-39

[Last Lesson Before the New Year!  Lesson 16 will be posted the week of January 8th, 2018]

Summary of passage:  Paul says nothing can separate us from the love of God that shines forth in Christ Jesus.  Not trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword.  Not death, life, angels, demons, time, any powers, height or depth.  In all these things we are conquerors with Christ.

Questions:

11)  To encourage us and strengthen us.  He uses a well-known verse that’s pretty dismal and despairing to tell others that Christ now allows us to overcome all evil.

12a)  All are troubles that Christ overcomes and we do as well through Christ.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Knowing God is there during my husband’s job difficulties and in my struggle to find a career path is very comforting.

13)  Personal Question.  My answer:  There’s way too many things that I get angry about or impatient with to list from my kids to other drivers on the road to standing in line to stupid, dopey emails.  I’ve learned a few years ago not to pay much attention to world events or worry over it cause all of that is out of my control.   Nothing can separate us from the love of God that shines forth in Christ Jesus.  Not trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword.  Not death, life, angels, demons, time, any powers, height or depth.  In all these things we are conquerors with Christ.

Conclusions:   So much more here that BSF missed in lieu of personal questions.

End Notes:  Paul’s list is to tell us that no matter what our sufferings are (persecution, famine, etc) we’ll never be separated from the love of God, which makes us conquerors, and suffering actually carries us along toward our ultimate goal:  union with God.

Nakedness meant a lack of clothes, which was a common concern in ancient times.

Sword implies execution. It is the only item on the list that Paul had not yet personally experienced (1 Corinthians 4:1115:30).

Paul’s second list is to emphasize that nothing good or evil can separate us from the love of God.

Conclusions half-way through BSF’s Study of Romans:  This lesson in particular took less time than any other so far this year.  Three weeks on Chapter 8 of Romans was too many.  Over half of the questions these days are personal ones.  Even the notes are dumbed down.  It’s very monotonous and frustrating.  Read my end notes for the lessons where I dive into the passage more.  I encourage you to use BSF as a springboard to do your own study if you are finishing days and weeks and asking yourself if you got anything out of it or not.  BSF is what it is now:  personal, friendly, and superficial.  If you want more, strive for more just like anything in life.  Don’t expect someone else (including BSF) to do it for you.  Let’s see what the next 15 weeks hold!

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9 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 15, Day 5: Romans 8:35-39

  1. I love doing the lesson , digging deeper, sometimes checking commentaries, sometimes even history books on times and cultures.
    Doing the lesson can challenge me to think deeper. I agree with you on your end notes. Was totally embarrassed when answered a question when no one spoke up and the leaders response to the class. ‘every class seems to have an overachiever’. Of study of God’s word is being an overachiever…and is a fault..then I’ll claim it. Sad.

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      1. I especially love the depth of your end notes. Romans 8:38,39 is so powerful..hard to even wrap your mind around. When I try to think about an amazing God who loves His children so much that he says. No height nor depth nor principalities, nor anything that is here now, nor anything yet to come can ever separate you from my love. wow.
        Or that your name, my name, a believers name was already written in the Lambs book of Life..before creation…it brings my heart to tears of joy….
        And yet his love is tender. Like a mother singing over her newborn and the baby looking at her eyes and cooing back..God too sings over His children..Zephaniah 3:17. He takes great delight in you; he quiets you with His love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Shalom

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      2. Ouch, Katie. I’m sorry. I would have loved to have someone like you in my groups. THAT. THAT ATTITUDE. That is what I see everywhere…in Sunday School classrooms, in the pulpit, in small groups, in the new BSF, the public schools, the private schools, universities, etc. That derisive and dismissive attitude to anyone striving for excellence for God and His Kingdom and His Glory.

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      3. Thank You.
        I consider the source and will not let anyone stand in the way of study in God’s word.
        Our class got a new leader last week.
        PTL
        Lesson is a rich lesson and makes one stop…and ponder what they are reading. Can bring up the question…are their people conceived who are incapable of ever making the choice to accept the Lord as their savior. I.e. Cain & Abel..before birth God said. One would serve the other.. Or God knows already, who will choose to follow. Will be interesting to see how BSF handles it. It is not for us to know God’s ways.

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    1. Sorry that happened to you. In my class the leader told us not to give fancy or outlandish answers to make others feel inferior. Bible study is at different levels for everyone. Simple is important for the short time to go over lesson. However deeper connections help us grow, simplicity keeps us ignorant. Then the deeper the answers they give way to more questions. As also I feel the questions are leading to a counseling session of feelings which should be dwelt with gingerly to not become about the flesh. The good note is friendships are being built. Everybody goes through ” bad church experiences” because we are all human and we can’t precisely communicate intentions. JEsus tells us to forgive so we can put him first and we take second place or third.

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  2. I could be off the mark, but in question 12a. I saw a comparison of two of the verses compared were examples of suffering, whereas in v. 32.. I thought it referred to all the gracious gifts God gave us. idk.

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