Lesson Title: NOT WITHOUT HOPE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: GOT HOPE?
Printed Text: Romans 5:1-11
Key Verse: Romans 5:5 (NIV)
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People are weak, endure suffering of different kinds, do wrong, and face various enemies all around them. What sustains Christians in the midst of these difficulties? Paul told the Romans that, through faith in Christ and with the presence of the Holy Spirit, God had given them reconciliation and hope.
We must learn to be thankful amid life’s sufferings. In the end, we are made better as we grow stronger in our living faith. Some may have heard the comparison of faith to the brakes on an automobile: we assume they work; however, it is not until we have to use them that we really know they work. This is what life’s trials and tribulations do for us. They test our living faith. Each test makes our living faith stronger.
In verses 12-21, Paul shared how everyone is either unrighteous by Adams’ original sin or declared righteous by faith in Christ’s death. After the believer is declared righteous by God, the sanctification process begins.
Mighty God, we thank you for always being right there with us in our suffering. Your Holy Spirit has been our strength in our weakest hours. We truly know that we would have never made it out without you on our side. We give you all the glory and praise. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.