Do you ever find yourself striving to follow rules, left with a performance-based rather than acceptance-based mindset in your relationship with Christ? In the most recent installment of our sermon series Dying to Live, Blake Holmes explains our relationship with the Law and gives Paul’s complementary arguments for it being both good and weak.
The spiritual life is one of active surrender to the Spirit, not self-determination and self-discipline.
We don’t work to earn more of God’s love; we simply respond in gratitude to what God has done for us.
Justification is an act of God’s grace and says you have been declared righteous and free from the penalty of sin; Sanctification is a work of God’s grace and says you are free from the power of sin; Glorification says that everyone who has trusted in God’s grace will be free from the presence of sin.
The Law is holy, righteous, and good (Romans 7:7-13). The Law is also weak (Romans 7:14-25).
The Law is good because it defines sin for us (Romans 7:7).
Sin is anything we think, say, or do that is contrary to the will of God.
The problem is not with the Law but with sin.
The Law exposes our nature (Romans 7:8-11).
The Law teaches us about the character of God.
Paul’s conclusion: the Law is good (Romans 7:12-13).
The Law is powerless to win the war within (Romans 7:14-23).
When we hate our own sin, we should be encouraged. This is evidence of God’s Spirit at work in us.
There is a war within the heart of the believer because we’re not home yet.
The Law is powerless to change the heart (Romans 7:24-25).
When we surrender to the Spirit of God, He is the one that lifts us up.
Discussing and Applying the Sermon
Are your motivations driven more by what you are trying to do to earn God’s acceptance or by what He has already done to bring you into His favor?
In what ways do you try to rationalize, justify, or minimize your sin?
What does it look like for you to actively surrender to God’s Spirit?
Other Mentioned or Recommended Resources
Suggested Scripture study: Romans 7:7-25, Romans 3:23, Galatians 3:24; 1 Corinthians 10:13, John 8:36, John 10:10