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Milestones – Week 3
October 17, 2021

Milestones – Week 3

October 17, 2021

 The Long Trail Ahead

Romans 8:31-39

We need

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (Romans 5:3-5, NLT)

Valleys are: 

  • In the “Who Knows” Valley – . (v. 31-32)
  • In the “I Messed Up” Valley – . (v. 33-34)
  • In the “God Sent Me Here” Valley – . (v. 35-36)

Blessing is at the end of the road. And that which is at the end of the road influences everything that takes place along the road… A joyful end requires a joyful means. Bless the Lord. – Eugene Peterson




  • What do you think about when you READ Romans 8:31-36.
  • How have the “natural valleys” in your life served as milestones of God’s faithfulness and presence in your life?
  • What promises does Romans 8:37-39 give to you as encouragement to persevere on the long journey toward Jesus?


  • Which three valleys shared in this week’s message have you recently walked through or are currently in?
  • “The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment God makes to us. Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness” (Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction). 
  • Share about a time when you’ve seen God’s “natural milestones” in your current or recent valley which remind you that God is faithfully for you, has given you roots in Him, and is always with you?


  • Who do you know is currently in one of these three valleys?
  • How can you share your story of God’s faithfulness with them?


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