Happy Monday, February 12, 2018!  Today we shift into the next major section of Romans as we look at how the revelation of God's salvation in Jesus begins to shape our lives, even through suffering.  I hope you have a great start to your week!  - Joey

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Have you ever wondered what a hardship you have faced produces?  

PRAY
Thank God for the peace you have with God and the sufferings you are going through knowing that God is working through them to transform your life. 

DISCOVER  [Romans 5.1-5]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
_ vs. 1-2 carry a past, present and future aspect- what are each of these? 
_ In vs. 3 what do we find we are to rejoice in?
_ In vs. 4 what does suffering ultimately produce in us?
_ In vs. 5 why are we not put to shame?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there a way the Lord is calling you to embrace a current area of suffering? (i.e., taking time to rejoice in it, enduring, dwelling on God's love being poured out into your heart?)

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Who can you encourage with this truth today?  What is your next step with them?