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October 21 - Saved for Holiness (Romans 8:1-8)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

Adult Education

Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching "Living as Exiles" in the youth room. This study considers instruction from Paul and Peter on living between the times. 

Josh Herring will continue teaching on Old Testament Wisdom Literature in the Adult 1 classroom.

Romans 8:1-8

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Summary

Last week, we saw the reality of the battle with sin as 'we do not do what we want to do, and we often do the very thing we hate'.  The battle can be wearying, as we heard the great apostle cry in desperation, ‘O wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?’  And yet he follows immediately with a cry of delight, ‘thanks be to God through Jesus Christ.’  For what is he is thanking God?  The answer is found in chapter 8.  What Paul does in chapter 8 is to show us how we win the battle, how we engage the fight against sin for the final and ultimate victory. Chapter 8 is full of hope, as it begins with no condemnation from God & ends with no separation from God. In our passage, Paul will root hope in giving us a  truth to live by, a reason to rest in it and a purpose to pursue.  Please take time to read it through as it will provide hope and encouragement to your soul over the grace of God.  

Review and Apply

When is it good for a Christian to feel guilty?  When is it bad?  Explain.

Why is justification (what God did for us) the necessary foundation for sanctification (what God is doing for us)?

How do you understand walking according to the Spirit? 

What does it mean to set your minds on the flesh?  How has this lead to death?

What is the mark of the new birth, the one who has been justified?

How would you counsel the one who says I want to be a Christian but don't like all the rules?

Explain how people who are lost are not sick but dead?  Explain the importance of the difference.