The Image of Christ in Us for the Glory of Christ Among Us (Romans 8:28-29)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: Romans 8:28-29 proclaims two staggering realities for all Christians so that you joyfully persist in the time that precedes glory.

  1. Christian, God sovereignly works everything together for your ultimate good (v. 28).

  2. Christian, the ultimate good is becoming like Christ now and being with Christ forevermore (v. 29).

Determining if the Holy Spirit dwells in you (Romans 8:9-11)

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Proposition:  Romans 8:9-11 demands that you accurately identify the doctrine of the indwelling of God’s Spirit and rest in its reality, if indeed the Spirit of Christ is in you!

  1. Does the Spirit of God dwell in you? (v 9)

    1. If the Spirit is in you, then you have been born again. (John 3:3-8; 1 Pet 1:3, 23-25).

    2. If the Spirit is in you, then you will respectfully regard, joyfully receive, rightly understand, and regularly respond to God’s authoritative written revelation, the Bible (1 Cor 2:9-16; 1 Thess 1:4-6, 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:19-21).

    3. If the Spirit is in you, then you seek to glorify Christ (John 16:13-14).

    4. If the Spirit is in you, then you have a genuine self-sacrificing love for God, the Church, and those outside of the Church (Rom 5:5; 1 John 3:23-24; Gal 6:10).

    5. If the Spirit is in you, then you have a hatred of sin and a desire for holiness (2 Cor 3:18; 1 Thess 4:3-8).

    6. If the Spirit is in you, then you evidence continual repentance from deeds of the flesh and progressive growth in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:16-25).

    7. If the Spirit is in you, then you are to be continually filled with Him resulting in inward and outward expressions of worship (Eph 5:18-21).

    8. If the Spirit is in you, then you will pray increasingly (Eph 6:18).

    9. If the Spirit is in you, then you have been given a spiritual gift to edify the Church (1 Cor 12:7, 11; 1 Pet 4:10-11).

    10. If the Spirit is in you, then you will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 4:13-14).

2.      If so, you have the Spirit of Life, now!  (v. 10)

3.      If so, you will have the Spirit of Life, forever! (v. 11)

The Sin Within (Romans 7:13-20)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 7:13-20, Paul addresses the experiential reality of indwelling sin so that you can know and attend to such sin for the remainder of your life on earth.

  1. The issue (v. 13)

    • Question: Did the Law Bring Death? (v. 13a)

    • Answer: No, sin brought death through the Law (v. 13b)

    • Reason: To show the exceeding measure of sin (v. 13c)

  2. Clarification #1: The Law is spiritual, but man is fleshly (vv. 14-17)

  3. Clarification #2: Nothing good dwells in man’s flesh (vv. 18-20)

You, Sin, and the Law (Romans 7:7-12)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 7:7-12, we see two crucial clarifications in regard to YOUR relationship to the LAW and SIN so that you will affirm the goodness of the law while understanding that it cannot save or sanctify you.

  1. The law REVEALS the sinfulness of your sin (v. 7)

  2. Sin uses the law to RUIN your life (vv. 8-11)

    • Sin uses the law to produce evil in you (v. 8)

    • Sin uses the law to deceive you (v. 11)

    • Sin uses the law to bring the DEATH SENTENCE upon you. (vv. 8-11)

Freed from the Law (Romans 7:1-6)

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Proposition: In Romans 7:1-6, we see that the Christian freed from the reign of the law will certainly live a God-glorifying life.

  1. How were you set free from the law? (vv. 1-4a)

  2. Why did you need to be set free from the law? (v. 4b)

  3. For what purpose were you set free from the law? (v. 4b)

  4. What is the result of having been set free from the law? (v. 6b)