Sermon Study Notes: The Spirit of Adoption

Like every week, we encourage you to use these notes to assist you in your personal study of the topics we have studied corporately at gathering.

If you missed this week's sermon, listen to it here: The Spirit of Adoption

Sermon text: 

Romans 8:12-17

Other readings: 

  • Ephesians 1:3-6

  • Hebrews 2:10-18

  • Philippians 2:15

  • Revelation 7:9,10

Application questions

  • In the body of Christ, the gospel is our common ground, which is one of the reasons our Home Groups are not segregated by life stage or age. Have you spent time thanking God for the diversity of people He has placed in your Home Group?

  • How have you been tempted to pull away from community when people are different than you? What is one thing you can do this week to engage in a potentially uncomfortable relationship for the sake of the gospel?

  • What is hardest for you about living as someone who has been adopted by God? (examples might be: Acknowledging that your salvation was God's doing and not something you earned or receiving your new brothers and sisters with love)  Which of the above verses can you meditate on this week to help you with this.

  • In what ways does your experience with your earthly father affect the way you see God's adoption of you? Think about both positive and negative aspects of your experience. Pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal more truth about the Father's love for you this week, untainted by any negative experience you may have had with your earthly father.

  • How have you used the truth of your adoption to be comforted by Christ this week?


It is antithetical to the gospel for the church to be racially segregated.

We were dead and have been brought to life so that we might live as children of God.

As you study the scriptures this week, remember that we also have a worship playlist curated with songs on Spotify and iTunes to accompany this sermon series.