Living in the Hope of Liberation from Bondage

2015 TGC National Conference


In this 52-minute session from the 2015 Gospel Coalition National Conference, Ligon Duncan unpacks Romans 8:16–25, linking the suffering we experience in the "now" to the glory we will experience in the "not yet." Ligon is Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary and author of The Underestimated Gospel and Perspectives on Christian Worship.


When have you experienced the Spirit testifying to your spirit that you are a child of God? How would you describe that assurance to a non-believer?
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Why do you think it's so easy to forget that God has purpose in our suffering?
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Think about a season of suffering that you've experienced. How did the Lord use that season to conform you into the image of Christ?
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How does the hope of what is to come help you through times of personal suffering?
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How can you use Paul's words from Romans 8 to encourage a fellow believer who is currently in the midst of suffering?
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A hope in God's future restoration of all things is not mere escapism. It is in the hope of Christ's return that we are able to survive the trials that come our way in this life. Stay grounded in the reality of your adoption in Christ, enduring and persevering in the midst of suffering with the great hope of what is to come. 


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