If God Is For Us by Trilla J. Newbell

If God Is For Us: The Everlasting Truth of Our Great Salvation is a six-week Bible study that goes through the eighth chapter of Romans. Romans is my favorite book of the Bible, and chapter 8 is my favorite chapter (have you heard John Piper’s reading set to epic instrumental music?!), so I was really excited to discover this Bible study! Thank you Moody Publishers for sending me a free copy to review!

Each week has five days, so it’s not a daily study. If you get behind, it’s easy to catch up. This is also more of a devotional than a study that requires lots of digging and flipping around your Bible like other studies I’ve done. On average, each day took 5-15 minutes, so this is great for busy women. (Since the days were so short, I did one week a day instead of following with the group study as planned…sorry.).

The first week of this study covers the first seven chapters of Romans to give you the context for the eighth chapter. Each day you’re given a chapter or two to read in the first week, followed by some questions to answer. The space to write in is about an inch (I wrote in a notebook so I could do this study again, or lend it out).

After the first week, Newbell focuses on small sections of chapter eight. After your Scripture reading, there’s a respond section asking questions about what you read, followed by an explore section with commentary and stories from the author. Each chapter ends with a few reflection questions.

The fifth week was my favorite out of the entire book. That week covers 8:28-30.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

This section of Romans 8 is usually difficult for people to understand and accept. I also see it get twisted around all the time… I’m so happy this study exists and the author was faithful to the Word!

So overall… This is an encouraging, comforting, and hope-filled study that humbles the reader, and glorifies God.

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