What does it mean to be justified by faith?  (5:1)  Why is this such an important doctrine?

What does it mean to have peace with God?  (5:1)  What are the implications of this reality for Christians?

What is it in your life that you rejoice most in?  Why?

Do you ever rejoice in the hope of the glory of God?  (5:2)  Do you ever rejoice when you experience suffering?  (5:3-5)  Why or why not?

According to this text, why does God allow suffering in our lives?  Why should we aspire to rejoice in our suffering?  What are some ways that we might actually benefit from suffering?

In 5:6-8, Paul makes a particular argument for why Jesus’s death for sinners is so remarkable.  What argument does he make?  What does it tell us about the heart of God, and the love of God?

In 5:9-10, Paul argues that since we have already been justified by Christ’s death (in the past), we should feel all the more assurance about our eternity (in the future).  What are some ways that we can experience assurance of salvation as believers?  How can we seek to cultivate that experience in our Christian lives?