December 2, 2018.
SUB THEME: Benefits of a life that pleases God.
TOPIC: Total victory in Christ.
TEXT: Romans 8: 31-39.
i) To develop a correct and balanced concept of victory;
ii) To realise that total victory over life’s challenges is possible but only through Christ Jesus;
iii) To learn the way to total victory in Christ.
Victory is: To conquer, overcome and prevail (according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary). Therefore, there cannot be victory without challenges to overcome. The Bible is very clear that there will be myriads of challenges on the paths of Christians as well as unbelievers but for different purposes and on different grounds. This truth, rather than the ‘bread and butter gospels’ should be believed. We can stand on the fact that Jesus has already fought and won the battle against Satan on our behalf.This assures us of Total Victory—victory on all fronts. Romans 8:37 attests to this. This study will show how it all plays out in our march to a glorious eternity.
1. a. What do you understand by the phrase “total victory in Christ”?
b. What are expected of us to be victorious in Christ?Prov. 3: 5, 6, Mark 11:22-26; Heb. 11:6; 1 John 5:4, 5.
2. What guarantee do we have that living a life that pleases God will bring total victory in Christ Jesus?Psa. 34:19; Rom. 8:37; Heb. 7:25; 1 Jn. 4:4.
3. Are Christians who please God insulated from Satan’s attacks and other challenges of life?Psa. 34:17, 19; Prov.24:16; John.16:33; 2 Tim.3:12.Cf. Job 1:8-12.
4. Read again Rom. 8:37-39 and discuss this statement: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us’’ in the light of 1 John 4:4.
Living to please God draws God nearer and makes Him dwell in us. Thereupon, God empowers us in a way that enables us triumph over the challenges which may come up from time to time. So while man may be helped to overcome certain challenges, total victory is only possible in Christ.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Christ suffered to secure total victory for us.