David C Cook COVID-19 Response


Freedom for the Future

Lesson 10 


Spring 2022


By: RLD Editorial Team 


May 08, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

Rejoice and hope in future freedom while enduring trials.

Bible Basis:

Romans 8:18–30

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Rejoice and hope in future freedom while enduring trials.

These videos and materials are for your personal use.
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Music Video, Traditional: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” by Reawaken Hymns
Music Video, Multicultural: “Lord, You Are Good” by Todd Galbreath
Music Video, Contemporary: “Time and Time Again” by Local Sound
Guzik’s Commentary on Romans 8
Coffman’s Commentary on Romans 8
Gill’s Exposition of Romans 8

Memory Verse:

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
–Romans 8:18

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

Sometime in early 2022, a bear cub in the Appalachian region of Tennessee was hit by a vehicle but survived its injuries. However, late last month, officers with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Association found the cub greatly underweight and struggling with months-old injuries. They contacted Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) personnel, who rushed the yearling to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinarian Medicine. However, the wounds were too severe, and the vets made the painful decision to end the cub’s suffering. “This bear was one of ours,” said an ABR spokesperson, who also commented that they’d named the cub Caledon Bear, which means tough.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the consequences reached beyond humankind and extended to Creation itself. We still groan under sin and illness and broken relationships. The world of nature groans too, suffering under decay and fear. But because of Jesus’ incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension, all of this suffering will one day come to a positive end—not only for those who follow Christ but also for the universe He created.


  • When have you taken steps to end some form of suffering?
  • In what ways do you long for an end to the suffering we face in this world?
  • What does Paul mean when he says that creation is suffering the pain of childbirth?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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