Grace Youth Group
At Home Bible Studies
Here is where you can find our weekly bible studies for our youth and their families.
We'll publish these until the guidelines for group gatherings change and we are able to meet in person again.
We'll have an archive for the studies if you miss one. Feel free to download, print, and share these studies.
April 5th – More than Conquerors through God's everlasting love
(Before we get started, grab a piece of paper and a pen/pencil for yourself and anyone else doing the study.)
I hope last weeks study was encouraging for all of you! We had a video bible study on Sunday night, and it was so awesome to see everyone! I’m actually somewhat of an introvert when it comes to my way of relaxing and unwinding. But going 3 weeks with very little interaction or fun has started to wear even on me. And even though we still can’t meet in person, just being able to see and interact with everyone was good. You don’t know how much you’ll miss something until it’s taken away from you.
In our study today, we’re going to jump off from where we ended in Ecclesiastes 3, and move into another amazingly profound passage of scripture in Romans 8.
Most of your bibles will have a header over this passage that reads either “more than conquerors” or “God’s everlasting love”.
Both are so true. And in fact, the two are intertwined in such a powerful way for us as Christians. So let’s turn to God’s word now and find that out!
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
We talked about the eternal nature of God in our last study. How he exists outside of the moment to moment reality we inhabit. To us, every moment is its own experience, and good or bad, it’s all we have to work with. We ended by saying that for us to really have a correct outlook in life requires that we be God centered.
Focusing on him and holding onto him allows us to experience those same things, without letting them dominate our outlook or our reality. God is our anchor in life. And here in Romans Paul gives us such an encouraging message:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
If God was willing to send his son to die for us, then why wouldn’t he be willing to give us every other thing through Jesus?
God was willing to give up EVERYTHING for you. Nothing held back, nothing reserved.
Paul asks us: if that’s the case, how can we suppose that God will abandon us, or not care for us?
If you spent everything you owned on an object, you wouldn’t forget it, or not care for it.
And Paul knows hardship. He understands tribulation and trials.
He continues in verses 35-36
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
That last part is Psalm 44:22. Paul knows that Christians will suffer, because they were suffering as he wrote this, and he quotes this Psalm because people were suffering back then as well. For everything there is a season.
He understands that the key to “suffering well”, to enduring those sufferings with joy and peace, is holding onto and leaning into Christ.
When we fully understand the lengths that God went to, and will always be willing to go, then there is nothing in this present life or after it that can keep us from our God.
He ends with these last 3 verses
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God!
Are you holding onto that today? Are you letting it into the big parts of your life as well as the little things?
We are more than conquerors THROUGH him who loved us. We are conquerors because of Jesus’ love for us. And because his love is everlasting, we will always be more than conquerors, because there is no situation in which we can be defeated.
God, in his ultimate expression of love for us, guaranteed our eternal place in his presence. It means we never have to fear famine, or pestilence, or the sword. Because our hope and peace aren’t rooted in our material possessions or our physical wellbeing. Any of those things we enjoy are simply blessings above and beyond the gift we’ve been given.
For the last part of this study, we’re going to do a little activity.
Take a piece of paper and begin to write the things going on in your life. The struggles, hardships, worries, and weights.
After writing them down, go through and consider each one, and pray. Take some time and lay them at your heavenly father’s feet. Relinquish control, worry, and ownership of them to Him.
After you do that, flip your piece of paper and do the opposite. Write down all the things in your life that are blessings. Family, friends, pets, possessions, opportunities, memories, etc.
Take some time to pray in thankfulness for them. Take them to God and thank him for his rich mercy and never-ending kindness.
If you’re in a group, you can do this individually, or have everyone pick a couple and all pray together.
After you finish, remember to continually meditate on this truth:
Nothing can separate you from the love of God.