Grace Group Discussion Guide “Forever Young” Main Thought:

Grace Group Discussion Guide
“Forever Young”
Part two of the series: “Dysfunctional: Finding Your Fit in God’s Family”
For the week of June 15 - 21, 2014
Main Thought:
God has an enormous family. It is because everyone who accepts His
son Jesus Christ into their heart as Lord and Savior is adopted into God’s
family. Adoption in the Bible means that we are accepted into God’s
family as actual family members, meaning that we get new identities
and everything that comes along with being in that family, including a
multitude of blessings and responsibilities. We become actual children
of God who are incredibly loved. Sometimes, we forget who we are,
because of the suffering we experience in our relationships or even in
our natural families. But when we spend time with God, He reminds us
that we are His beloved children. He really loves us and that is why He
wants us in His family. He loves us too much not to include us. That is
why we need to fight for our relationship with Him and remember that
He has adopted us into His family.
Main Passages:
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit
you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather,
the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him
we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are
God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and
co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may
also share in his glory.” (Romans 8:14-17)
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Main Passages Continuation:
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the
glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation
for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to
frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected
it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay
and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”
(Romans 8:18-21)
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor
depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the
love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Question #1:
What stood out to you from the main passages and main thought
above? What do you think family is? Do you think God has that for you
in His family?
Duck Dynasty star, Willie Robertson said when they adopted their son,
‘Lil Will,’ that “I've done a lot of cool things in the past couple of years, I've
been to Super Bowls, I've met Presidents - but the best decision we ever
made - that made the biggest impact on our life was the adoption of our
son Will.” Willie compares the situation to the one illustrated in the
Bible. “That's what God did with us,” he says. “Jesus is [God's] son, and we
are [God's] adopted children. So I can look at my two sons that I have, and
literally see the New Testament unfolded right there.” God sees us all that
way. We might think that we aren’t worth it or that the cost might be
too much for God to take us into His family, but that is why God gave
up His own Son to pay for that debt. He loves us that much. Just as
Willie pursued and adopted his son, God has done the same with us;
He pursues us to be in His family.
Question #2:
Are you in the family of God? If not, would you like to be? If you already
are, why do you think we forget that we are in the family of God? What
can we do to help us remember that we are children of an awesome God?