Romans 8:1-8

1.    Find the other “therefore’s” that begin chapters in Romans (2, 5, 8, 12) and try to understand the major steps in Paul’s reasoning by use of these transition/conclusion words.

2.    Look at some of the references to the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and tell what He does in each case (Genesis 1:2; 6:1; 41:38; Exodus 31:3; 35:31; Judges 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 13:24; 14:6-9; 15:4; Psalm 51:11; 104:30; Zachariah 4:6).

3.    What Old Testament promises about the law might Paul be referring to? Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:24-32

4.    In what ways do you think that Romans 8:1-8 refers back to Romans 7: 14-25 and/or Romans 6:17-23?

5.    What joy or excitement comes to you from this text? What questions arise for you out of the reading of this text? What did you learn that was new to you, or a new way of looking at something? What does this text tell you about God and about yourself? About humans in general?