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Romans 8:1-11

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The Good News that There Is a Solution to Sin in Our Lives

Romans 8:1-11

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Lesson Number 22

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The power of the Spirit overcomes the law of sin and death.
  2. The power of the Spirit fulfills the requirements of the law.
  3. The power of the Spirit gives life and peace.

Practical Application

  1. Feed the new and starve the old.

Questions

  1. People and birds are both subject to the law of gravity. Why, then, can't we fly?
  2. Does the law of the Spirit eliminate the law of sin and death?
  3. The law of God is good and it shows God's standards, but the Ten Commandments cannot give us power over sin. True or False?
  4. Even though we still have the sinful nature, the Holy Spirit is free to come in and empower the new life we have in Christ. True or False?
  5. How do we walk after the Spirit?

Answers

  1. We are both subject to the law of gravity, but birds are subject to another law as well, the law of flight. It doesn't eliminate the law of gravity, but it overcomes gravity.
  2. No, but it overcomes it. The new life, in itself, cannot overcome the law of sin and death.
  3. True
  4. True
  5. By getting involved in the things the Spirit of God is involved in; more occupation with Christ, in reading Scripture, and in Christian service.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Believers are not in the flesh, but still have the flesh, so it is possible to walk after the flesh and not after the Spirit. Walking after the flesh means separation from God, not in relationship, but in fellowship. Peace comes when we walk after the Spirit.
  2. Do you want to experience abundant life? It's available. Walk more according to the Spirit and less according to the flesh.

Challenge

  1. Feed the new and starve the old.

Key Verses

  • "There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free form the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2
  • "Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit." Romans 8:5
  • "To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Romans 8:6
  • "The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you..." Romans 8:11

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