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The Law and Spirit| Romans 7:1–7

Are you tired of trying to overcome sin on your own, or frustrated by your inability to follow all the rules? In the fourth week of our sermon series Dying to Live, John Elmore reminds us that following Christ is not about following rules, but rather living in relationship with Him and letting the Spirit’s power work in us.

John ElmoreSep 12, 2021

In This Series (5)
Acceptance Over Performance | Romans 7:7-25
Blake HolmesSep 19, 2021
The Law and Spirit| Romans 7:1–7
John ElmoreSep 12, 2021
Our Identity in Christ
David MarvinAug 29, 2021
Dead To Sin, Alive in Christ
Blake HolmesAug 22, 2021
Obedience of Faith
Nathan WagnonAug 15, 2021

Summary

Are you tired of trying to overcome sin on your own, or frustrated by your inability to follow all the rules? In the fourth week of our sermon series Dying to Live, John Elmore reminds us that following Christ is not about following rules, but rather living in relationship with Him and letting the Spirit’s power work in us.

Key Takeaways

  • The law reveals the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man.
  • Justification, sanctification, and glorification are all works of God.
  • If you are in Christ, the old you is dead to sin and wed to Jesus.
  • Every other religion has a law, and says that following that law is your only hope to be right with God. Christianity alone says that you can’t follow the law on your own—but God Himself, through Christ, has made a way for you to be right with Him.
  • If we trust in Christ for our salvation and then go back to the law for our sanctification, it is adultery against Christ.
  • To God, we often say, “I law you” instead of “I love you.”
  • When you are wed to Christ, following Him is about relationship, not rules. Follow the relationship, and in doing so you will follow the rules. Love, not law.
  • Following God’s law is not a knowledge problem; it is a power problem. On our own, we don’t have the power to fully overcome sin.
  • You can’t follow all of God’s law on your own. If you could, you wouldn’t need Jesus.
  • Quit trying to quit. Live by the power of the Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us kill sin so that we can bear fruit for God.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • In what parts of life are you still trying to “white-knuckle it” and be good enough on your own? How can you daily surrender those areas to Christ instead?
  • Are there any areas where you need to “burn the ships” so that you don’t return to your old ways? What would that look like for you?
  • What are some ways you can daily (or hourly) remind yourself to focus on your relationship with Christ and keep in step with the Spirit?

Other Mentioned or Recommended Resources

  • Suggested Scripture study: Romans 7:1-6; Romans 6:1-11; Galatians 3:2-3; Ezekiel 36:37; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ephesians 6:18; Galatians 5:16-25; Jude 24-25
  • Book: The Works of John Owen, Volume 3